Man carrying fake gun at Orlando Airport requested to speak to the president

May 31, 2017 19:03
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A man armed with a fake gun said that he wanted to speak to the president during an hours-long standoff with police at Florida's Orlando International Airport Tuesday evening before being taken into custody.

The Orlando Police Department, according to an arrest affidavit released on Wednesday, received a call from a female airport employee stating that the man, identified as Michael Pettigrew, 26, showed her a gun from underneath his jacket in the rental car area of the airport.

Pettigrew, a former Marine, gave the employee his cellphone before demanding that she call 911 because he wanted to "speak to the president" and that "she does not have a choice," according to arrest documents.

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