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Coronavirus scare leads to Florida man’s arrest on a hoax weapon of mass destruction charge

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A coronavirus scare at a Florida business has led to the arrest of a man with facial tatoos on a use of a hoax weapon of mass destruction charge.

David White, 50, was arrested after deputies showed up at the Jacksonville business Sunday afternoon for a report of a COVID-19 contamination incident.

Mugshot for David White, 50.
(Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)

Deputies said witnessess told them they saw White approach the business with a container labeled COVID-19, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

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Then as he entered, he sprayed the unknown substance on and around the entrance doors of the business, the news release said.

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“The suspect reportedly made statements to the employees and patrons in the area that they were now infected with COVID-19,” it said.

White was identified as a suspect during an investigation that included the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task.

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”Following the incident, the business took proper precautionary measures as the affected area was cleaned and sanitized,” the news release said.

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