Cops hunting Texas teen who boasted about spreading coronavirus

Grant Boone
April 8, 2020

Identified as Lorraine Maradiaga of Carrollton, posted a series of concerning and freakish videos on Snapchat over the weekend in which she talks openly about infecting shoppers at Walmart with the novel coronavirus.

The Carrollton Police Department 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". She stands to be charged with terroristic threat, Texas Penal Code 22.07, they said.

Maradiaga is now being charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, and was transferred to Denton County Jail, police said.

The first video appears to show Maradiaga at a drive-thru coronavirus testing site.

"We have no confirmation Maradiaga is actually a threat to public health", Carrollton police said on Facebook. However, they are taking her social media actions very seriously.

"I'm here at Walmart about to infest every (expletive), because if I'm going down, all you (expletive) are going down", she said in the Snapchat video, according to NBCDFW news in Texas.

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Once the CTPD caught wind of this, they quickly took to Facebook to ask anyone who has information on Maradiaga's whereabouts to contact them immediately.

Maradiaga is suspected of recording herself inside a Walmart after she said she tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.

There have been a number of concerning cases of individuals putting others at risk for the sake of a social media post or trending video. Her user name on the Snapchat videos was "Lorraine Boutit". KXAS noted that one of the nurses at the test center can be heard in the background telling Maradiaga to wait at home for the results.

According to NBCDFW news, officers from the Carrollton Police Department arrived at Maradiaga's house on Sunday, but she was not present.

"Her family has been cooperative with us, but she was not home at the time", DeVito said.

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