Police arrest teen who claimed she would spread coronavirus


UPDATE: APRIL 7, 5:50 P.M. | The Texas teenager who allegedly made social media posts about her intent to infect others with coronavirus has been arrested.

Lorraine Maridiaga, 18, was arrested by the Carrollton Police Department Tuesday morning.

Police don’t have proof that Maridiaga has ever tested positive, and the teen denied ever having COVID-19 when she spoke with officers.

Maridiaga was arrested and charged with a “terroristic threat,” a third-degree felony. A judge set her bond at $20,000 and ordered her to quarantine for 21 days after she is released from jail.

Original story:

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Police in Texas are investigating a teenager’s claims that she has coronavirus and plans to infect others. They’re also working to find her.

According to Carrollton police, the 18-year-old, later identified as Lorraine Maradiaga, went on social media and said she tested positive for COVID-19 and is “willfully spreading it.”

Police will charge Maradiaga with making a terroristic threat.

“We have no confirmation Maradiaga is actually a threat to public health. We are, however, taking her social media actions very seriously,” police said on Twitter.

Authorities are asking anyone with information regarding her whereabouts to contact (972) 466-3333 or CrimeTips@CityofCarrollton.com.


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