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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 in Florida charged 50-year-old David White with using a hoax weapon of mass destruction after he sprayed a substance labeled “COVID-19” on the doors and entrance of a Jacksonville business, deputies said.

JSO said White told employees and patrons of the business 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.