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Florida man accused of spraying business with bottle labeled COVID-19

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Posted at 7:30 AM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 07:41:10-04

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 50-year-old Florida man sprayed the contents from a bottle labeled COVID-19 around the door of a Jacksonville business.

David Randolph White was arrested Sunday on a charge of attempted or threatened use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Witnesses told investigators with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office that the man sprayed the substance and made comments to employees and patrons that they were now infected with COVID-19.

In a Facebook post, the agency said a task force quickly identified White and he was questioned and arrested.

The business quickly sanitized the area.