Two people in Yuma, Arizona have been arrested after they refused to wear masks and began purposely coughing on Walmart employees, according to The Sacramento Bee.
- Police were called into a Yuma Walmart on July 8 after the business trespassed a man and woman for refusing to wear masks and coughing on employees.
- The pair, Frank Montoya and Parra Carranza, became confrontational after the police tried to stop them, attempting to flee and fighting with the police.
- Both were booked into the Yuma County Adult Detention Center with Montoya being charged with resisting arrest, aggravated assault of an officer, disorderly conduct for fighting, and criminal trespass, and Carranza being charged with criminal trespass, hindering prosecution, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct for fighting, and aggravated assault against an officer.
- The Department of Justice said in a March letter that people who weaponize the coronavirus as a biological agent could face terrorism charges.
- Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen wrote in a statement:
“Threats or attempts to use COVID-19 as a weapon against Americans will not be tolerated. [Y]ou may encounter criminal activity ranging from malicious hoaxes, to threats targeting specific individuals or the general public, to the purposeful exposure and infection of others with COVID-19. Because coronavirus appears to meet the statutory definition of a ‘biological agent’ under [federal law], such acts potentially could implicate the Nation’s terrorism-related statutes.”