Lorraine Maradiaga, 18, posted multiple videos on Snapchat stating that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and is willing to spread the coronavirus.
The teenager, identified by police near Dallas, has been charged with making a terrorist threat.
Since Saturday, April 4, Lorraine Maradiaga has become infamous online by reporting that she is infected with the disease and is willing to spread it.
These actions were promptly addressed by the Carrollton police, near Dallas, who were investigating the whereabouts of the teenager.
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On Sunday, the police issued a statement saying that they do not have the certainty that Maradiaga is a threat as such, but they won’t run the risk of her keeping her promise.
“We have no confirmation Maradiaga is actually a threat to public health,” police said in a statement. “We are, however, taking her social media actions very seriously.
Jolene DeVito, a spokeswoman for the Carrollton Police, said they have been searching for her relentlessly, and had even searched her home already, but without success.
DeVito said that the young woman’s family has cooperated in the search.
Carrollton police arrested Maradiaga this morning after she surrendered at the Carrollton City Jail.
“Maradiaga has stated that she is COVID-19 negative,” police said in a press release today.
“We currently have no proof that Maradiaga has tested positive.”
So far, at least three videos have been identified in which the young woman threatens to spread the virus. In the first, she is seen in what appears to be a COVID-19 diagnostic center, while indicating that she has the disease.
However, this one presents an important detail, and that is that a health care worker can be heard in the background saying that she must wait for the examination’s results, which suggested at the time that Maradiaga may not be infected.
In another video, Maradiaga coughs into the camera (one of the fundamental symptoms of COVID-19) while offering to infect other people, saying that if they want to die, she is willing to help them.
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Finally, police revealed another video where the young woman is inside a Walmart and says that she would infect all the customers in the store since she intends to take down as many people as possible with her.
“I’m here at Walmart about to infest every motherf______, because if I’m going down, all you motherf______ are going down,” she says in the video, according to DeVito. “If you want to get the coronavirus and f______ die, call me. I’ll meet you up and I will shorten your life.”