Prosecutor: Michigan man who claimed to have COVID-19 at Kroger tested negative

Jonathan David-Asher Miracle is accused of falsely claiming to have COVID-19 while deliberately touching items in a Kroger store. (Source: WJRT)
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GENESEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJRT/Gray News) - A Michigan man arrested for coughing on and touching items in a Kroger while claiming to have COVID-19 last Friday has tested negative for the illness.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said charges will remain against 26-year-old Jonathan David-Asher Miracle even though the incident was a hoax.

Miracle was charged with making a false threat of terrorism, which carries up to 20 years in prison.

"Nevertheless, he disrupted hundreds of citizens and must face charges," Leyton tweeted.

Prosecutors said Miracle was at a Kroger north of Mt. Morris Friday morning when a store employee called 911 after he was seen walking around the store and touching objects while claiming to be infected with COVID-19.

An officer found Miracle in the parking lot and handcuffed him. He is also accused of licking the window of the patrol car while being transported to the Genesee County Jail.

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