An Australian man was arrested at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas after he demanded compensation for a broken Hello Kitty toothbrush, locked himself in his room and kept someone else’s luggage “hostage.”
The incident occurred early Monday morning, January 4. Setia Kurniawan, 49, and his wife, Vonni Gustimego, 44, were staying at the resort in room 7845. 14 bags of luggage were inadvertently delivered to them instead of to the correct room, 7854. Hotel staff tried for two hours to get the couple to give them the bags so they could deliver them to the correct room. The couple refused to open their door, saying that their Hello Kitty toothbrush had been broken and they wouldn’t open the door until receiving compensation for it. The hotel manager did not offer help for the broken toothbrush, so they kept their door locked and refused to turn over the luggage.
Hotel staff called the police after the couple became “aggressive and confrontational when she (the hotel manager) contacted them about the mishap.” Just after midnight on Monday morning, deputies arrived and knocked on the door for 10 minutes. The couple still refused to open the door, even though deputies said they would be arrested if they didn’t turn over the luggage.
When Gustimego finally opened the door, she let them in to see all the luggage still in the room. The police report states that she then “stuck her finger in one of their faces and started yelling.” The deputy pushed her hand down and then Kurniawan lunged toward him. The deputy got him on the ground, meanwhile, Gustimego pulled the hotel manager into the room by her jacket. She then hit a hotel security officer in the ear.
Kurniawan was arrested on “charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, grand theft and resisting an officer without violence.” He was later released from the Orange County Jail on bail.
The report states that Gustimego was released at the hotel to care for their children.
The Orlando Sentinel adds that, “It’s unclear if they were ever compensated for the toothbrush.”
News source: Orlando Sentinel
Photo credit: Orange County Jail
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