An 18-year-old woman who boasted on Snapchat over the weekend that she was intentionally spreading coronavirus in Texas surrendered to police on Tuesday, authorities said.
Lorraine Maradiaga, who claimed in one of the videos that she was about to “infest every motherf—-r” at a local Walmart, was charged with making a terroristic threat, which is a third-degree felony in the state.
She was released after posting $20,000 bond, but police ordered her to quarantine for 21 days as a precaution since it’s still unclear if she actually has the deadly virus or was just desperate for attention on social media. Authorities said the woman now claims to have tested negative, but she has offered no proof.
Maradiaga appears to have posted the videos from Carrollton, the Dallas-area city where she lives.
In one of the videos, she was sitting in a car at a coronavirus drive-through testing site when a nurse told her to go home and wait for the results, according to local news station KXAS.
The suspect also filmed herself that same day repeatedly coughing into the camera.
“If you want to get the coronavirus and (expletive) die, call me,” she said in one of videos reviewed by the NBC affiliate.
In another video that was circulating on social media this week, Maradiaga was heard threatening to infect shoppers at a Walmart store.
“I’m here at Walmart about to infest every motherf—-r because if I’m going down all y’all motherf—-rs going down,” she said.
The woman is one of several people facing terrorism-related charges across the country over jokes and threats involving the COVID-19 pandemic.
Earlier this week, a Tennessee man was arrested after police said he intentionally coughed on Walmart customers while yelling that he had coronavirus.
In Missouri, a man was charged with making a terroristic threat last week after cops said he coughed on several customers at a Dollar Store and used his fingers to write the word “COVID” on a cooler door after breathing on it.