Man Arrested After Threatening Mass Shooting Over Non-Masked People At Market

Tom Gantert

A man upset that not enough people were wearing masks and gloves, threatened on Facebook to shoot up a supermarket

Sebring, FL – A 62-year-old man was arrested after he threatened on Facebook to start a mass shooting at Publix because there weren’t enough people wearing masks.

Robert Kovner, 62, was arrested and booked for making a written threat of a mass shooting, which is a felony, according to the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.

“We realize these are stressful times, but there is no excuse for making threats like this,” the sheriff’s department posted on Facebook. “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.”

On Tuesday, Kovner posted on Facebook that if he contracted the coronavirus, he would head “right to Publix and empty every clip I own” on a community Facebook page for Sebring, according to the Highlands News-Sun.

His bond was $30,000.

Kovner made his post at 4:23 p.m. April 14 and said that most of the people in the Sebring area were not wearing masks or gloves.

Members on the page called the police about the post, the Highlands News-Sun reported.

Kovner also wrote on Facebook, “I FIND it criminal that you enter the supermarket or pharmacy without a mask.”

He said that people were either too stupid to understand the danger of catching the coronavirus or too selfish for not using a mask and gloves, the Highlands News-Sun reported.

In another post, Kovner wrote he carries a walking cane that is 3.5 feet long and that his arms were that long, too. He said that if anyone was within that distance of him, “trust me the virus is not the only thing that may cause your demise!”

An hour later, Kovner apologized for his post and said he had lost seven friends and family members to the coronavirus. He also said his mother-in-law was “fighting for her life” due to the virus.

Comments (33)
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suzieb
suzieb

Its extremely frustrating to see people walking, bike riding, strolling babies around WITH NO MASK! I do not condone this man's threats but its understandable the frustration behind it especially when seven friends and family have already died from covid.

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

He had Corona Derangement Syndrome

Judid292
Judid292

Everyone is scared of the unknown, if they aren’t they’re lying.
I understand his panic and loss, but that threat is not to be taken lightly. Hope he gets the help he needs.

Trefflek
Trefflek

I don’t fear corona at all, I fear that more people will be irrational and turn against other because they are not dealing with the virus in the same way. I don’t wear a mask and I don’t wear gloves. I Do what I have done for years. I wash my hands all the time and use hand sanitizer anytime I’m out in public touching anything.

Stanracer
Stanracer

I see his point but threatening like that is going overboard. People should be wearing masks and gloves in public areas.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

February 29th. Surgeon General of the United States....

"Seriously people — STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if health care providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!"

On April 3rd, they changed their tune.

Thank you all-knowing government officials.

San Francisco put up these signs all over the place...

Each person is standing 4.24 feet from two other people. Thank goodness they are saving us from ourselves.

sdave12121
sdave12121

There are not enough masks for all the workers and it would be an impossible request that a business issue masks to customers at the door.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

The man is a monster, as well as ignorant. One of the most important preventative measures to ward of COVID-19, and a lot of other health issues is to ... spend a lot of time outside breathing in oxygen, something with is greatly hampered by the diaper you wrap around your face.


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