CARROLLTON, Texas — UPDATE [Apr. 7] — An 18-year-old woman in north Texas who posted to social media that she had been tested positive for and was willfully spreading COVID-19 has been arrested, the Carrollton Police Department announced Tuesday afternoon.
18-year-old Lorraine Maradiaga was arrested this morning after arranging her surrender to the Carrollton City Jail on a charge for terroristic threat, a third-degree felony.
"Maradiaga has stated that she id COVID-19 negative, and we currently have no proof Maradiaga has tested positive," read a statement from the Carrollton Police Department.
Maradiaga's bond was set at $20,000. A condition of her bond requires she quarantine for 21 days upon date of her release from custody.
ORIGINAL [Apr. 5] — The Carrollton Police Department is searching for a woman who says she has tested positive for and is willfully transmitting COVID-19.
The department identified the woman as 18-year-old Lorraine Maradiaga of Carrollton, Texas, and said she will be charged with terroristic threat.
As of Sunday night, police were attempting to locate Maradiaga.
"We have no confirmation Maradiaga is actually a threat to public health," stated the department. "We are, however, taking her social media actions very seriously."
In videos posted to social media, Maradiaga appears to visit a healthcare facility to undergo car-side testing and a healthcare worker asking where she is going and if she will be staying in that location.
"I'm here at Walmart about to infest [sic] every mother [expletive]," she allegedly says in another social media video. "Because, if I'm going down all y'all mother [expletive] going down."
"If you wanna get the coronavirus and [expletive] die, call me," she says in another.
Anyone with Maradiaga's whereabouts is asked to call the Carrollton Police Department at (972) 466-333 or email CrimeTips@CityofCarrollton.com.