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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Man who marooned himself on Lake Eola fountain says he took too much MDMA and wanted to be with the swans

Posted By on Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 10:34 AM

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The man who stole a swan boat and stranded himself on the fountain at Lake Eola told police he ingested a large quantity of molly and wanted to be with the swans because "they don't judge him."

According to an Orlando City Police report, officers responded to the incident at about 4 a.m., on Dec. 15, and found 36-year-old Kyle Thurston sitting on the fountain screaming for help.



"Before Thurston was transported he explained he ingested a large quantity of Molly (MDMA) and wanted to be with the swans because they didn’t judge him," said the incident report. "He stated he took the swan boat out onto the lake to be with the swans, and paddled it to the fountain."

Police say Thurston then forgot to tie up the boat and when he returned to where the boat was supposed to be, he sat down and began calling for help. Officers then asked the man if he was trying to hurt himself and he said he was not, and that he had a life preserver that he found on the swan boat.

OPD is following up with the rental boat company to see if charges will be filed.

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