A man down south is accused of a having an over-the-top, violent reaction to others during the current pandemic.
Harvey Taratoot, 75, was arrested on Monday for allegedly pulling a gun on a woman and her granddaughter at a post office in Alpharetta, Georgia, according to WSB-TV. The purported motive is very unique: police said that he confessed, and that he claimed to be afraid the victims would give him the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
According to cops, the women said they were wearing medical masks and gloves when they entered the post office. Taratoot whipped out a gun, and told them to keep away, police said. He left, and drove away, but one of the women took down his license plate number, investigators said.
Cops said they arrested Taratoot at his home.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define social distancing like this: “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.”
[Mugshot via Fulton County]