Texas woman arrested for threatening to spread coronavirus

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8th April, 2020 07:49:34 printer

Texas woman arrested for threatening to spread coronavirus

An 18-year-old Texas woman was arrested Tuesday after she claimed to be "willfully spreading" coronavirus in a series of Snapchat videos, Carrollton police said. 

Lorraine Maradiaga later told police she had tested negative for the virus, according to a Carrollton Police news release. Carrollton is about 20 miles north of Dallas. 

More than 399,900 people have tested positive for the virus in the US and at least 12,900 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University's tally. 

Maradiaga was charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, and transferred to Denton County Jail, police said.

Her bond has been set at $20,000. It's unclear if Maradiaga has an attorney.

"As a condition of her bond, Maradiaga is ordered to quarantine for 21 days upon date of release from custody as a precaution," police said in a news release.


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