Florida man sprayed business with bottle labeled COVID-19, sheriff says

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A closed sign hangs on the door. (WDIV)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Florida man was accused of spraying contents from a bottle labeled COVID-19 around the door of an unidentified business Sunday afternoon, Jacksonville Sheriff’s officials said.

David Randolph White, 50, was arrested on a charge of attempted or threatened use of a weapon or hoax weapon of mass destruction. He remained in the Duval County Jail on Monday morning.

The sheriff's office said in a Facebook post that officers were called to the unidentified business to investigate a report of “intentional COVID-19 contamination.”

Witnesses told investigators that the man sprayed the substance on and around the doors, the post said.

“The suspect reportedly made statements to the employees and patrons in the area that they were now infected with COVID-19,” police said in the report.

The Sheriff’s Office’s Intelligence Unit and the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force quickly identified White as a possible suspect and he was questioned and and arrested, police said.

The business was cleaned and sanitized, police said.

Jail records did not list a lawyer for White.