Texas Police Are Searching for Teen Who Claims to Have COVID-19 and Plans to Spread It

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President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence participate in a video teleconference with governors to discuss a partnership to prepare, mitigate, and respond to the coronavirus outbreak Thursday, March 19, 2020, at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen)



Carrollton Texas police have been searching for 18-year-old Lorraine Maradiaga who posted a video to Snapchat in which she told followers that she is COVID-19 positive and planned to spread it around. In the video obtained by KXAS-TV which can be viewed here, Maradiaga appears to be going through a drive-thru testing site and a nurse is heard telling the driver (likely Maradiaga) they need to go home while they wait for results.

Next Maradiaga tells viewers “I’m here at Walmart about to infest every (expletive), because if I’m going down, all you (expletive) are going down…If you want to get the coronavirus and (expletive) die, call me…I’ll meet you up and I will shorten your life.” She is heard coughing.

A Carrollton Police Department spokesperson told the local station that “officers went to Maradiaga’s home on Sunday, but she wasn’t home. But cops said her family was cooperating and hoped the teen would turn herself in.”

On their Facebook page, the police wrote:

We have identified the woman seen on social media claiming to be COVID-19 positive and willfully spreading it as 18-year-old Lorraine Maradiaga of Carrollton. We are charging her with Terroristic Threat, Texas Penal Code 22.07. We have not located her yet. If you know where she is, call (972) 466-3333 or email [email protected].

We have no confirmation Maradiaga is actually a threat to public health. We are, however, taking her social media actions very seriously.


As of 4 pm on Monday, she is still at large.


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