WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 62-year-old man from Florida Robert Kovner was arrested on Tuesday for posting a threat on a public Facebook page that he will commit mass shooting as “not enough people” are wearing masks in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
- In a statement, the Highlands County Sheriff Office said that what he did was a serious crime.
- An hour after posting the threat, Kovner posted on the forum again, apologizing for what he said and claiming that he had lost seven of his friends and families due to COVID-19.
Robert Kovner, a 62-year-old man from Florida, was arrested on Tuesday for threatening a mass shooting in an unspecified Publix supermarket. The threat was posted in a Facebook group.
Kovner became furious that “not enough” people were wearing masks in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Highlands County Sheriff Office.
In a statement, sheriff officials said that “The writer was upset that not enough people, in his opinion, are wearing masks when they are out and about… We realize these are stressful times, but there is no excuse for making threats like this… It’s not a joke. It’s not just a bad day. It’s a crime. We will ALWAYS take them seriously and you will go to jail.”
Based on an arrest report by the Highlands News-Sun, Kovner warned to “empty every clip I own” on a Facebook community page for Sebring, about 85 miles south of Orlando.
The 62-year-old man allegedly posted, “Will it take shooting a few of you selfish aholes [sic] in the parking lot to get the message through? Trust me the virus is not the only thing that may cause your demise!”
After an hour, investigators said Kovner apologized to about 3,300 members on the “Sebring Florida” public forum on Facebook before confessing he had lost seven of his friends and families due to COVID-19. According to the officials, he also said that his mother-in-law was “fighting for her life” during the time of his post.
According to Highlands News-Sun, the bond for Kovner was at $30,000 as he was also accused of using a two-way communication device for the purpose of a crime.
As of Thursday, he was no longer listed “in custody” based on online records. Attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.
Source: New York Post