A New Jersey man was charged with making a terror threat after intentionally coughing near a grocery worker and saying he had the coronavirus
George Falcone of Freehold, N.J., threatened an employee at a Wegmans grocery store, the state attorney general said.March 26, 2020, 12:00 a.m. ET A New Jersey man was charged with making a terroristic threat after he intentionally coughed near a supermarket employee and told her he had the coronavirus, the authorities said on the same day that the Justice Department warned of similar threats to spread the virus. The man, George Falcone, 50, of Freehold, N.J., was shopping for groceries at a Wegmans store in Manalapan, N.J., on Sunday evening when a worker asked him to move away from her and a food display because he was too close, the state attorney general, Gurbir S. Grewal, said on Tuesday. The authorities said that Mr. Falcone leaned in close to the worker to cough and allegedly laughed, telling her that he was infected with the virus. Mr. Falcone later told two other store employees that they were lucky to have jobs, officials said. Mr. Falcone was charged with making a terroristic threat in the third degree and fourth-degree of obstructing administration of law, Mr. Grewal said. Both charges are considered felonies in New Jersey. The second charge stemmed from Mr. Falcone’s refusal to provide his name and driver’s license for 40 minutes to a police detective who had been part of a security detail at the supermarket, the authorities said. Mr. Falcone was also charged with harassment, they said. The authorities did not say whether Mr. Falcone actually has the virus. “These are extremely difficult times in which all of us are called upon to be considerate of each other — not to engage in intimidation and spread fear, as alleged in this case,” Mr. Grewal said in a statement. Mr. Falcone would face up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $26,000 if convicted on all charges, the state attorney general said. A lawyer for Mr. Falcone did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday. In a Facebook message to Reuters, Mr. Falcone denied making the threat. On Tuesday, the same day that charges against Mr. Falcone were announced, the deputy U.S. attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, sent a memo to law enforcement heads and federal prosecutors warning them to be on the lookout for threats to spread the coronavirus. “You 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,” Mr. Rosen wrote, using the name for the disease caused by the virus. The memo said that such acts could potentially be prosecuted under federal terrorism laws because the virus was considered a “biological agent.” Mr. Falcone was not the first person to threaten to spread the virus in New Jersey, where there had been a reported 62 deaths during the outbreak as of Wednesday. Gov. Philip D. Murphy on Wednesday said that a man in New Providence, N.J., whom he called “another knucklehead,” started to cough at the police and medical personnel during his arrest on a domestic violence charge. The man was also charged with disorderly conduct and harassment, Mr. Murphy said. On March 12 in Hanover, N.J., local police said a woman, who was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, purposely coughed on an officer and said, “Oh, by the way, I have the coronavirus and so do you now.” Three officers who came in contact with the woman self-quarantined, the police said. The woman, who did not have the coronavirus, was also charged with causing a false public alarm, the authorities said. Mr. Falcone was charged by summons and was not taken into custody. He waived his first appearance in Monmouth County Court. His next court date has not been set. Mr. Grewal said there was no tolerance for those who threatened to spread the virus. “We must do everything we can to deter this type of conduct and any similar conduct that harms others during this emergency,” he said. “Just as we are cracking down on bias offenses and those who use the pandemic to fuel hatred and prejudice, we vow to respond swiftly and strongly whenever someone commits a criminal offense that uses the coronavirus to generate panic or discord.” Katie Benner contributed reporting. Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions Updated March 24, 2020 Read more: The New York Times
Good, he deserves it for being an idiot What a fool!!!😡😡😡😡😡 Under 'stand your ground' laws, you'd have every right to shoot him dead out of real fear for your life. trump supporter and evangelical christian? I would knock him out cold. If he is putting lives at risk people have the right to shoot him down. Right?
SpeakerShinjini What is wrong with people? What a POS! What an AH! Wow. Maximum sentence please... Involuntary Manslaughter subject to a personal lawsuit.
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Put him in the same jail cell as Weinstein’s. Let them infect each other. Asshat. It’s hysterical that all these lughead, fake tough guys ALWAYS look the same. White, bloated, and doofy 😂 Dude looks a little like The Punisher from the Netflix series. SpeakerShinjini Sick Put him in Jail qurantine him.
Charge this fucker! Lock him up and throw him in jail where he is sure to get the virus.... They better not allow this baffoon back in a Wegmans for the rest of his life Hahaha! Good!! Idiot.
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Thank a grocery store workers along with other frontline heroes. White guys USA Bully .. (and very stupid). Omg psycho Just Threatening behavior isn't terrorism I bet He won’t Cough 😷 like that No More 🤦🏽♂️ Is that supposed to be funny? what a jerk 6 months solitary confinement and he can cough and lick the floor,walls, of his enclosure?
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Good thing I wasnt there, they could have just sent the ambulance for him. joshtpm As predicted. But it's going to get worse than this. surambaya Excellent season for sociopaths. Throw his sorry ass in jail! 🤬 joshtpm So, when Trump and other GOPers advocate letting coronavirus spread again, aren't they supporting terror?
At this crucial time..fuck him. Lectric chur! Really though, you can't do that. Just stupid. He deserves this. Good no time for screwing around. Everyone is a potentially loaded gun right now are you false flagging again?
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this guy should be put in solitary in ICE detention for two months.￼ vikkie LOL what? These folks are crazy! ？？nuts :))) HotlineJosh Lock up the asshat Brings out the best people doesn’t it. Not so funny if he ends up having it and infecting his family friends. What is wrong with people who still don’t get it. It is not a conspiracy it’s not fiction it’s real!!
NYC will rip itself apart if they keep listening to the Libtard Media/Dems/NYT I bet this bumboklaat and arsewipe is a Trump fanboy and a magat which wouldn't surprise me one bit, given his malignant sociopathy is on the same level as his orange god.
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Forever shamed! I love the internet! Let it show these low lifes names and faces My husband saw his Facebook page before he took it down. A total MAGA hat guy. Trump stuff all over it. Meanwhile just down the road from that Wegmans is CentraState Medical Center where my friend works as a NP. Her FB posts are heart wrenching
You’ll call this terror but when a white man takes up a gun and kills thousands it’s a hate crime but not terrorism If you are carrying a virus that could kill people if they contract it, and you intentionally try to give it to someone; that’s an attempt to maliciously harm and terrorize with a threat to their life. Whether he even has it or not, the victim doesn’t know; it incites terror.
Moron. idiot Assault with a deadly weaponized virus? Good. Not so funny buddy A terror threat I’ve heard it all now only in America lolol I’ve I walked in to a shop and said that they would ask me to leave but not arrest me on a terror treat
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That threat is nothing to sneeze at (or cough at) JoyAnnReid CrazyEyes That word Terror took on dangerously political notions, and people like this made that possible. Stupid man. 👹 dumbass I hate NJ! I'm guessing that anyone who knows this guy,isn't surprised. Jerks don't discriminate. Stupid and perverse puritan justice benchmark where to own weapons is less punishable than to drink a beer on the street. This measure is pretty excessive and outrageous
Lock him up with infected inmates. Jail At the moment this is my worst-case scenario. I can see someone who has the symptoms, not tested yet, but knows he/she probably has the virus, going to Walmart & directly coughing on people, infecting grocery items, rubbing elbows with patrons. I have a sick feeling about this.
COVIDIOT Send him to Gitmo and let the other terrorists have their way with this scum. greta I can’t believe we’re in a time where this headline is actual breaking news I actually saw a guy do this to a woman last weekend who had stepped off a trail to get out of his way. She was so angry! Glad to know they're taking this kind of thing seriously.
Yeah that's the only truth of coronavirUS! Next in line will be spit B*mbs? 😄 shababaty Algo parecido paso en Ecuador y lo juzgarán por terrorismo!!! Haha fuck that guy. Que idiota! Louco, sem noção HAAAAA Got em I can’t even RT this because you guys put his nasty face on the tweet! 😂 What is he...a five year old Wait no...Even a majority of five year olds know to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze. SMH at supposed “adults” like this guy. COVIDIOT
I remember the days when making a terror threat was called, being a dick. greta So does he have it? Or they won't waste a test kit on him?
10 years jail. A jail for gangs. Nutz ! Cockoo cookoo You should go to TRUMP conventions & rallies and do that. When his voter base gets I'll, then he'll pay attention. He’ll have mad cred in jail. 7 years for bio terrorism? Not much of a deterrent. Gas the supermarket next time. At least get your monies worth
Justice prevailed JoyAnnReid Lock him up I read the title of the to my fiancée and she asked me whether the guy was Larry David... curbyourenthusiasm LarryDavid ThatsWhatLarryDavidWouldDo Hell yeah, charge all these a-holes! What do you bet he's a Trumper?
JoyAnnReid Should have been charged with being an asshole. JoyAnnReid Any guess on who this guy voted for in the last presidential election? He should also have gotten a 'nickle ride' all the way to jail. greta It will be difficult to convict. Let's just start with social distancing, was it being followed by everyone. But if would be nice to see this jackass locked up for a bit
JoyAnnReid Some people is just not able to be around humans. What a disgrace. Good stuff. This should teach the idiot Good Stupid is as stupid does Good, what scares me is the quiet person or group that has corona and deliberately coughs and sneezes around people not knowing and discreet. Put his sorry ass in jail ! !
JoyAnnReid Ain't nobody playing with this fool. Go cough on Bubba in lock up. JoyAnnReid No surprise that the moron is a white male. People nowadays are obsessed with this word terror why america why you changed the meaning of this word? And he did to a grocery worker?!? They're like first responders now, we depend on them for our food! I hope this is a felony.
It just doesn’t stop Dick move Dumbasses everywhere. Yep that’s what the Moron gets Is there a contiguous disease prevention law in the USA? Cover bidens rape allegations
Shoot these bloody guy 👁️ Put his dumb $$ down for good measure. Let's start charging them with acts of terror not threats. He actually committed an act he didn't threaten to. Oh ffs....this getting ignorant Just so crazy Good What the hell is wrong with people? And then we’re wondering why the world is going to shits! 🤦♂️
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes, I guess. Terror threat seems like a stretch yikes