JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Just before noon Sunday, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about an “intentional COVID-19 contamination” at a local business.
Witnesses told officers a man sprayed an unknown liquid from a bottle labeled COVID-19 on the entrance and doors of the business while telling employees and patrons they were now infected with the new coronavirus.
JSO’s Intelligence Unit and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force led the investigation and were immediately able to identify David Randolph White, 50, as the suspect.
White was later arrested on charges of manufacturing, possessing and threatening the use of a weapon or hoax weapon of mass destruction.
#JSO has arrested a subject for a COVID-19 threat at a local business. David R. White (W/M 50) arrested after spraying an unknown substance on the entrance doors and threatening patrons with COVID-19. For more, go to: https://t.co/G6Gng67vy5 pic.twitter.com/HCH7CrVlYi— Jax Sheriff's Office (@JSOPIO) March 30, 2020
According to JSO, the business took proper precautionary measures to clean and sanitize the area.