A Florida man hopped up on LSD randomly attacked a security guard from behind at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, authorities said.
James Arvid, a 19-year-old from Pompano Beach, is facing a felony charge of battery after an Oct. 25 attack in the DinoLand USA section of the park, where he tackled the uniformed 41-year-old worker and put him in the headlock, according to an Orange County Sheriff’s Office report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.
The guard managed to call for help using his radio, but guests at the Walt Disney World Resort park in Bay Lake near Orlando saw Arvid atop him and “subdued” the south Florida man until authorities arrived, according to the report.
“It appeared James was in a state of delirium and unexpected strength,” a deputy sheriff wrote, adding that he was bloody and “sweating profusely” while ignoring commands and repeatedly kicking his legs.
Arvid, who was restrained on a stretcher before being taken to a hospital, later told a nurse at a hospital in Celebration he had taken drugs prior to the attack, sheriff officials said.
“I took LSD and tried to kill someone,” Arvid said according to the report, claiming he did not remember any other details.
A doctor at the hospital told deputies Arvid appeared to show signs of drug and alcohol use, as well as heatstroke, potentially leading to increased aggression, the newspaper reported.
The guard, meanwhile, had two cuts on his elbow, but wasn’t seriously hurt. No other injuries were reported.
“We do not tolerate violence of any kind on our property and appreciate those, including Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies, who quickly came to the aid of this cast member,” Disney spokeswoman Erica Ettori told the outlet in a statement.
Arvid, who has pleaded not guilty, declined to comment when reached by the newspaper Monday and his attorney did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
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