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Cops: YouTuber Falsely Told Disney Hotel Guests of Shooter

Arizona's Dillion Burch was allegedly recording people's reactions for his channel
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2018 6:48 AM CDT
Disney's Contemporary Resort in Orlando is in the background at right in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

(Newser) – Police in Orlando say an Arizona man caused a panic at a Disney resort by going around telling people about an active shooter—all so he could record their reactions for his YouTube channel. Dillion Burch, 22, allegedly told residents at Disney's Contemporary Resort they had to evacuate in the early morning hours of Monday, reports the Orlando Sentinel. At least one worried person then called police about a shooter on the loose, reports the Washington Post, and the arrest affidavit accuses Burch of causing a "significant disturbance" that resulted in the resort going on lockdown.

Burch told a front-desk worker what he was doing; she alerted a manager who confronted Burch. He then claimed to the hotel manager that it was all for a school project, police say. He left the hotel upon hearing that the police were on the way, and officers soon found him hiding in the bushes, reports WKMG. Police found beer in his backpack. Burch pleaded no contest to disturbing the peace and disorderly intoxication and earned a sentence of three days in jail. (Read more YouTube stories.)

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