Aldo Gonzalez Las Vegas man dressed in hazmat suit enters Walmart store spraying frightened shoppers w/ clear liquid they feared was coronavirus. Wanted to make funny video.
Failing spectacularly at being very funny ….
A 23-year-old man has been arrested for entering a Walmart store wearing a hazmat suit and spraying a clear liquid at no less than 13 shoppers who feared they were being contaminated with the new novel coronavirus.
Aldo Gonzalez, from Las Vegas, who was filmed as he squirted shoppers on the food aisle, said he was making a video to make him ‘famous through Instagram and YouTube’.
Upon his arrest this weekend, Gonzalez was charged with two counts of felony for dispersing a hoax substance and burglary. It comes at a time of heightened public fear over the deadly COVID-19 virus which has seen whole countries go into lockdown and schools and businesses shut as the pandemic continues to infect and kill exponentially across the globe.
Customers flee the store:
Sakisat Raylyn, who was in the store, said that when she approached him to ask what he was doing he sprayed her hands, reports the Review Journal.
Customers raced out the store when the incident happened at 8pm on Saturday, and noted down the number-plate of the getaway car, a grey Ford sedan.
Police were called and arrested Gonzalez at his home. They also interviewed his friend that took the film.
The Walmart, on Rainbow Boulevard, was evacuated and remained closed for several hours while officers inspected the substance, before declaring it harmless.
In their report, officers say: ‘Due to the suspect’s actions and mode of dress, especially in the current environment of the coronavirus pandemic, he caused alarm in the store among the employees and customers.’
The clear liquid was inspected and declared harmless after it was found to have a neutral PH, and no chemicals, proteins or bio-organisms.
No one sprayed developed any symptoms and no one went to hospital.