The Club Envy Step Team was late for an appearance on BET's 106 & Park. Stuck in rush hour traffic, the teenage members of the Northern Florida dance troupe abandoned their car and ran through New York's Lincoln Tunnel. They had almost made it to the New York side of the tunnel on foot Thursday evening when police spotted them in their camouflaged outfits and called for reinforcements.
Within minutes, the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force surrounded the teens inside the tunnel, weapons drawn.
Brianna Odom (Club Envy coach): "They thought that we were terrorists, some form of terrorists. We were all taken into custody at the police station, and we were held for about two hours being questioned, being verified, made sure that we were who we were, and that the kids had permission to be over state lines. It was a long process."
Instead of performing live on the cable network, the award-winning step team spent the evening being questioned by police. By the time authorities decided not to press charges against the group, it was too late to make it to the show.