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Police made an arrest Monday after a street vendor allegedly tried to extort $50,000 from a production crew and threatened to fire a gun near the Baltimore set of the Natalie Portman AppleTV+ show, “Lady in the Lake.” .
Baltimore Police Department officials confirmed to Fox News Digital Keith L. Brown was identified as the man who made threatening remarks against the Endeavor Content crew filming on Park Avenue Friday.
Police have arrested the 43-year-old on suspicion of narcotics.
According to a preliminary report, a crew member received verbal threats saying individuals “pulled a gun and waved it at one of the workers,” before “withdrawing his original statement.” He also witnessed “a large amount of marijuana” being carried in a duffel bag.
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The incident report said there was a group of people who “threatened to shoot the air unless they got the money”.
Brown informed detectives that he had spoken to a crew member and a security manager and was waiting for paperwork to receive compensation for lost cases on Aug. 26.
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Police claimed that “a local street vendor was upset that he was not compensated by production for lost business because he was unable to run his clothing store while the crew was filming at the location.”
Baltimore authorities responded to the “Lady in the Lake” set in downtown Baltimore around 4:45 PM on Aug. 26 after a site manager reported the incident occurred at approximately 6 AM.
The site manager then backtracked on initial claims that he had seen a gun, telling police that “he didn’t see a gun, but that one of the drivers saw the gun,” further claiming he had “a large amount of marijuana.” observed hours ago”. .'”
As officers searched the area for witnesses, they found suspects with similar descriptions and also found a duffel bag “zipped to the ground.”
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According to the incident report, a suspect “got into a bit of a fight when asked about the disorder at the location and the harassment of the film crew, which he denied doing.”
Shooting was halted for the day and the production company has reportedly vowed to increase security measures to protect the cast and crew members.
The detectives are still questioning people while the investigation is still ongoing.
Endeavor Content did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
The show, starring Portman and Emmy nominee Moses Ingram, is based on the Laura Lippman novel of the same name, and takes place in 1966. Her 2019 book followed the story of a housewife who became an unlikely crime reporter who together with black activists in the community.
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Lippman, a former newspaper reporter for The Baltimore Sun, dedicated the book to the five victims of the June 28 pressroom attack on the Annapolis Capital Gazette.