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No One Charged in Fight Over Handicapped Parking Spot at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

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The state attorney’s office won’t file any criminal charges after a couple from Central Florida accused a tourist of pointing a gun at them during a road rage incident last year related to an argument over a handicapped parking space at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Animal Kingdom), recently released records show. 

In the end, the state attorney’s office decided not to pursue an aggravated assault with a firearm charge last month because the case could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. 

The incident occurred on 10th February, 2019, when a Lake Mary couple in their early 60s waited for a car to back out so they could park in the spot near the front of Animal Kingdom. 

That’s when a grey SUV appeared and almost crashed into their vehicle to “steal the spot”, the couple told authorities. The Lake Mary couple said the driver pointed a gun at them. The SUV driver was 67-years-old and from Greensboro, North Carolina. 

“You can imagine, it’s just a little upsetting. A guy pulled a firearm at Disney” the man from Lake Mary told the 911 dispatcher, according to the call released by the state attorney’s office. 

The man from North Carolina denied he pointed a gun. His wife argued it was just a wallet in his hand. However! With a search warrent, Orange County Sheriff’s Office found a small black handgun held in a holster in the driver’s SUV door, the state attorney’s record indicate. 

The law-enforcement officer said it may have been hard for the Central Florida couple to see the gun from their position in the car, records suggest. The North Carolina couple both had concealed weapon permits. 

It’s not known at this time whether the man from North Carolina has been banned from Walt Disney World property since the parks don’t allow weapons on the property. 

Source: The Orlando Sentinel

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