Police: Tampa man arrested in dinosaur-type costume with Airsoft rifle at Cocoa park

Anthony Berden

COCOA, Fla. — Police in Cocoa said they arrested a costumed 19-year-old who caused a scare at Riverfront Park on Sunday.

According to authorities, officers were called to the park to investigate a report of an armed man. Officers found the man wearing some type of “gamer” dinosaur-type costume and a tactical police-type vest. The suspect, 19-year-old Anthony Berden, of Tampa, had his face covered in a black ski mask, police said.

Police said he was armed with what was later determined to be an Airsoft rifle. Berden had several magazines for that rifle, police said.

He was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and wearing a mask while committing an offense at the park.

Berden told police he was part of a gaming group and wanted to participate in a flash mob.

Photo via WESH
Photo via WESH
Photo via WESH
Photo via WESH

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