Coronavirus: Florida man arrested after spraying substance labeled ‘COVID-19;’ charges dropped

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — UPDATE, 7/7/2020: Charges against David White were dropped on June 30, according to court records.

Original story from 3/31/2020 below:

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in Florida charged 50-year-old David White with using a hoax weapon of mass destruction after he sprayed a substance labeled “COVID-19” on the doors and entrance of a Jacksonville business, deputies said.

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JSO said White told employees and patrons of the business they were now infected with coronavirus after he sprayed the substance.

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JSO’s Intelligence Unit and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force investigated the incident and identified White as the suspect.

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The business took precautionary measures to sanitize the area where White sprayed the substance.