Officials in Carrollton, a city northwest of Dallas, are seeking help from the public to find the 18-year-old identified as Lorraine Maradiaga.
They’ve said she’ll be charged with terroristic threat once she’s found and taken into custody, Dallas-Fort Worth’s Fox 4 reports.
We have identified the woman seen on social media claiming to be COVID-19 positive as 18-year-old Lorraine Maradiaga and are charging her with Terroristic Threat, Texas Penal Code 22.07.
We have not located her yet. Tips: (972) 466-3333 or CrimeTips@CityofCarrollton.com. pic.twitter.com/KySDDXL2RH
— Carrollton TX Police (@CarrolltonTXPD) April 5, 2020
They currently have no confirmation that she even has COVID-19 and is intentionally spreading it, but are “taking her social media actions very seriously.”
Photos of the suspect shared in the police department’s tweet are, per Storyful, screenshots from a Snapchat account under the name Lorraine Boutit.
According to CBS, the suspect was in a local Walmart at the time the Snapchat video was shared.
A Facebook profile under the same name exists, along with the name “lorraine.maradiaga” at the end of the URL.
According to the Texas penal code, a terroristic threat refers to a person who commits or threatens to commit an offence involving violence to any person to cause a reaction, place a person in fear of imminent bodily injury, influence the conduct or activities of the federal government, and more.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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