A Florida man who wanted to go to SeaWorld but ended up at Disney Springs instead was arrested for attacking the bus.
He won’t face punishment, though.
The state attorney’s office decided not to prosecute Elijah Thomas, 37, of Orlando, earlier this month following Thomas’ Nov. 17 arrest for criminal mischief.
Thomas rode the Lynx bus from downtown Orlando main station and fell asleep. He woke up at the bus dropoff at Disney Springs, where the driver told him this was the last stop. The bus driver told Thomas to get off the bus. That’s when Thomas became “irate” and “started to yell and curse at him,” the Orange County Sheriff’s report said.
Once Thomas was off, the bus driver closed the doors behind him.
The driver let two other passengers onto the bus while Thomas remained outside, saying he needed to go to SeaWorld.
“When (the bus driver) would not allow him on the bus, Elijah punched the front door glass several times and then kicked the bottom glass of the front door causing it to break in a spider web pattern,” the report said.
It cost Lynx an estimated $500 to fix it.
Thomas left Disney Springs and began walking on foot, but he did not get very far. Authorities stopped him on Buena Vista Drive. At Typhoon Lagoon, the bus driver identified Thomas as the one who damaged the bus door.
On January 10, the state attorney’s office decided not to pursue the criminal charge against Thomas.
“From the investigation which has been made, it is the opinion of the writer that this case is not suitable for prosecution,” Assistant State Attorney Aseye Akos Ablordeppey said in a court filing. “This action is taken to clear the records and to release subject’s bond if any has been posted responsive to the above charge. If in custody, defendant should be released.”
Thomas was represented by the public defender’s office, which could not be reached for comment.