Duval County

Man arrested for hoax weapon of mass destruction 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 arrested 50-year-old David White for using a hoax weapon of mass destruction after he sprayed a substance labeled “COVID-19” on the doors and entrance of a Jacksonville business.

JSO said White told employees and patrons of the business, Pet Supermarket on Atlantic Boulevard, they were now infected with coronavirus after he sprayed the substance.

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

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

JSO said this arrest is the agency’s first COVID-19 related arrest.

Kevin Beaugrand

Kevin Beaugrand is a digital content producer for Action News Jax.