A couple of days ago, I wrote about Disney disarmament 2.0. The post revealed that Universal Studios Orlando is down with Disney on the whole guest wanding, metal detector thing. Let’s log today’s post under “be careful what you disarm for.” To wit: “A recently fired caricature artist at Universal Orlando Resort tried to kill his manager by stabbing him in the head and neck with scissors on New Year’s Day,” abcnews.go.com reports. Of particular note: how Universal security dealt with the threat and the attack itself . . .
Frederick Torres, 33, [above] was charged with attempted first-degree murder for his attack on Glenn Ferguson at the Islands of Adventure park. Both artists draw caricatures at Universal’s parks but work for an outside firm, Orlando-based Fasen Artists, Inc.
The general manager of the firm, Anthony Fasen, told detectives he had fired Torres the day before the attack. On New Year’s Day, Torres called Fasen, who said he reiterated that Torres was fired. Torres then said he was going to kill Ferguson, according to the police report.
“Fasen advised specifically that Torres had said, ‘I’m going to slit Glenn’s throat’ and ‘I’m going to kill your number one artist,'” the police report said . . .
Witnesses told detectives that they saw Torres chasing Ferguson through Islands of Adventure before the attack Friday morning. A security guard got between Torres and Ferguson, and another guard showed up at the scene. Despite that, Torres lunged at Ferguson and struck him several times. Ferguson tried to get up to run but fell to the ground, according to the police report . . .
The stabbings cut an artery in Ferguson’s neck and caused brain leakage, according to the police report. He underwent surgery and was still hospitalized Monday, but his condition wasn’t immediately known. The police report did not list his age, but Orlando Police spokeswoman Michelle Guido said Monday that he is 42.
Hmmm. Did Mr. Torres’ ex boss, Mr. Fasen, inform the Orlando police and Universal security about the death threat against his employee, Glenn Ferguson? Let’s go ahead and assume that Mr. Fasen dropped a dime on Mr. Torres. In that case, Orlando police and Universal security somehow failed to intercept Mr. Torres as he entered the park. Universal security failed to provide Mr. Ferguson with a protective detail. And two Universal security guards failed to subdue Mr. Torres during the attack.
Were the Universal Security guards armed? We know someone who wasn’t: Glenn Ferguson. Universal’s “no guns” policy left Mr. Ferguson defenseless against Mr. Torres’ attack. The same way it leaves all its guests defenseless against a terrorist or criminal attack. Let’s hope a lawsuit highlights this deficiency instead of something else even worse. Meanwhile, we hope Mr. Ferguson makes a complete and speedy recovery from his injuries.