A Texas teenager who, according to police, has announced on social media that she has intentionally distributed the corona virus has been arrested and charged with terrorist threats.
Police in Carrollton, near Dallas, arrested Lorraine Maradiaga, 18, late Tuesday morning after arranging her transfer to the city prison.
“Maradiaga has indicated that it is COVID-19 negative, and we currently have no evidence that Maradiaga tested positive,” Carrollton police said in a statement.
She was indicted on Tuesday and her bond was set at $ 20,000. As a precondition for her loan, she must be quarantined for 21 days after her release from custody, the police said.
Maradiaga claimed in a series of Snapchat videos, according to the police, that it had been tested and “deliberately spread” for COVID-19, the coronavirus-associated disease.
It is unclear when the videos were taken. Jolene DeVito, a Carrollton police spokeswoman, said people started sharing them with the police on Saturday.
One of the videos showed Maradiaga in a store, DeVito said.
“I’m here at Walmart to attack every Motherf —— because if I go down, all of your Motherf —— will go down,” she said in the video, DeVito said.
It is unclear whether Maradiaga has a lawyer.