Florida man arrested for ‘threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction’ after spraying ‘bottle of COVID-19’ on pet store doors
- David White, 50, charged after allegedly spraying liquid from bottle marked ‘COVID-19’ on the doors of a Florida store
- Police were called to the Pet Supermarket in Jacksonville to report deliberate coronavirus infection
- Witnesses said that White told employees and customers who were now infected with coronavirus
- Shop staff later cleaned and disinfected area sprayed by White
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No laughing matter: David White, 50, has been charged with threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction after spraying what he claimed to be COVID-19 on the doors of a Florida store
A Florida man was arrested for allegedly squirting an unknown liquid from a bottle that he believed contained the coronavirus on the doors of a Jacksonville pet store, telling workers they had been exposed to the deadly disease.
David White, 50, has been charged with the “manufacture, possession, sale, supply, display, use, or attempted or threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction or hoax.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s office responded to a report of an intentional coronavirus infection at the Pet Supermarket on Atlantic Boulevard.
Witnesses in the store told police that the suspect had approached the company with a container labeled “COVID-19.”
When he entered the store, White reportedly sprayed the unknown onto and around the entrance doors.
He also heard that he told employees and customers “that they were now infected with COVID-19,” the release said.
Sunday just before noon, officers at Pet Supermarket on Atlantic Boulevard in Jacksonville reported a report of an intentional coronavirus contamination incident
As of Tuesday evening, there were 181,989 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including 5,704 in Florida, and 3,699 nationwide deaths
On-site witnesses took pictures of White’s Nissan Titan and delivered them, according to police Florida Times Union.
After an investigation by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, White, who has multiple tattoos on his face and neck, was detained and interrogated at 7:00 PM.
He was arrested, charged and later released from prison after spending a total of $ 15,000 in bonds.
Sun-Sentinel reported that a woman who claims to know White posted on Facebook that the incident occurred after the 50-year-old dragged a woman with cancer into the store and argued with an employee who sprayed the doors with a disinfectant.
In the wake of the fear of coronavirus contamination, the pet store cleaned, disinfected, and disinfected the area that White had been cleaning.
As of Tuesday night, there were 181,989 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, including 5,704 in Florida, and 3,699 nationwide deaths.