A New Jersey tourist has been arrested after investigators say he told greeters at a Disney World resort that al-Qaida sent him to ‘blow the place up.’
Orange County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 56-year-old Gregory Lazarchick, a widowed father-of-two from Brick, on Tuesday on a charge of making a false bomb threat.
According to an arrest report, Lazarchick made the threat on July 21 at Saratoga Springs Resort and Spa in Lake Buena Vista as Disney World interns were asking guests about their day.
The affidavit states that one of the greeters told Lazarchick, ‘Have a great day,’ to which he replied, ‘I don’t want to have a great day,’ reported WFTV.
The resort worker made a light-hearted comment that seeing how they were at Disney, Lazarchick was ‘almost obligated’ to have a great day.
The man then allegedly made the al-Qaida remark and added, ‘You think I’m joking? I’m not.’
The greeter later told deputies the guest seemed serious.
When he was questioned by the authorities, Lazarchick allegedly admitted to saying something about al-Qaida, but he said he didn’t remember exactly what he said and insisted that it was in jest. He was remorseful and apologetic.
No bomb-making materials were found.
Lazarchick’s sister told investigators he suffered a head injury four years ago that required resuscitation and sometimes utters inappropriate things, including about President Barack Obama. She said his wife passed away last year and his son has autism.
Dailymail.com has uncovered that Lazarchick’s wife of 22 years and the mother of their two sons, Jodi, died in November 2016 aged 49, just over a month after he lost his father.