UPDATE: Teenager Arrested After Abandoning Stolen Car Near Magic Kingdom

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According to reports from local Orlando news station WFTV, a teenager has been arrested in connection to the police manhunt that occurred on Reams Road behind Magic Kingdom yesterday. Yesterday’s police activity in the area, which included multiple police vehicles and helicopters, disrupted cast member transportation to and from Magic Kingdom.

18 year-old Andy Mendez was arrested Wednesday night after abandoning a stolen car near the intersection of Reams and Ficquette Road. Mendez had stolen the car from Orange County and then driven it into Osceola County. Two others fled from the vehicle with Mendez, but so far Mendez has been the only arrest.

This isn’t Mendez’s first brush with law enforcement. Just two weeks ago, the teenager was arrested, alongside four others, for shooting out of a car in the Kissimmee area and ditching firearms out of the car’s window while being pursued by police. In this particular incident, Mendez also abandoned the car and fled, but in Winter Garden.

You can read our original story on the police activity behind Magic Kingdom below:

UPDATE: Further updates from the Orange County Sheriff (as of 5:26 PM) have linked the police activity to vehicle theft. The suspect is reportedly armed and dangerous.

No injuries or further incidents have been reported. We will continue to monitor the situation as further updates arise.

Cast Members attempting to transit to or from the Magic Kingdom are reporting significant police activity and helicopters throughout the area behind the park, supposedly due to a mass police manhunt after an armed subject.

Various reports on social media have also surfaced regarding sightings related to the issue. Police have been seen with weapons drawn near and around Reams Road, impacting local traffic.

As of 4:45 PM, Cast Member transportation has resumed. We’ll continue to update this story as further reports surface.

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Kelly Morgan-Brown

Kelly lives in Central Florida with her Kiwi husband and bossy rat terrier. When not at a Disney Park, she can be found in the dance studio, listening to Broadway soundtracks, or planning her next travel adventure. Contact her at [email protected]

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Well BackDoorDisney didn’t last long on probation did he?