Man who filmed himself licking supermarket products arrested and charged with 'making terrorist threat'
Earlier this week, we told you about a viral video that has been circulated on social media showing a man licking the items on an entire Walmart shelf amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
In the video, the young man looks at the camera and says: "Who's scared of coronavirus? Don't touch your mouth?" He then proceeds to drag his tongue over the shelved supermarket products.
The clip was widely circulated after being shared by Twitter page Antifa Public Watch APW
(@WeAreAPW), where it has since amassed over 4.3 million views. The page wrote on Twitter that the video was sent to them on Facebook by one of their followers.
After the video was posted, many disgusted people responded to the video calling for the man to be identified and "locked up".
One person who lashed out at the man is British journalist and TV personality Piers Morgan, who shared the clip with his 7.1 million Twitter followers, along with the caption: "Find him, arrest him, imprison him, & deny him any healthcare if he gets the virus. See how funny the disgusting little pr*ck finds it when his chest is collapsing & he can’t breathe."
Well, per the River Front Times and other news outlets, the man has since been identified as 26-year-old Cody Pfister from Missouri.
After being seen all over the world, Warrenton police said they had been contacted by people in the Netherlands, Ireland, and the UK.
In a statement, the police department said: "We take these complaints very seriously and would like to thank all of those who reported the video so the issue could be addressed."
It is believed the video was recorded on March 11 at the Warrenton Walmart store, according to court records. Pfister was taken into custody earlier this week, and Warren County prosecutors charged him yesterday with making a terrorist threat. The charge is a low-level felony.
Pfister - who has previous convictions for burglary, theft of a firearm, drug possession and driving while intoxicated - was booked into the Warren County jail without bond.
Per Politico, the federal government is taking swift and heavy action against individuals who knowingly spread COVID-19.
On Tuesday, the Department of Justice said anyone who carries out the "purposeful exposure and infection of others with COVID-19" would face federal terrorism charges. Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen in a memo:
"Because Coronavirus appears to meet the statutory definition of a 'biological agent' […] such acts potentially could implicate the Nation’s terrorism-related statutes. Threats or attempts to use COVID-19 as a weapon against Americans will not be tolerated."
Per John Hopkins University, the US currently has 55,225 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and a death toll of 802.
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