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Steamboat man, 23, faces felony charge after posting threatening video on Facebook

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Steamboat Springs man is now facing a felony charge after a video was posted on social media that showed him inciting harm to others amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Numerous people contacted the Steamboat Springs Police Department after the video, featuring local resident Jonathan Perez, was publicly posted this week on Facebook and subsequently shared on a popular Routt County community page.

Perez has been issued a summons to appear in Routt County District Court on charges of inciting destruction of life or property, which is a Class 6 felony.

In the video, Perez instructed youth to begin licking various items around the community to further spread the novel coronavirus and claimed that the COVID-19 pandemic was fabricated. Perez also made direct threats toward vulnerable populations in the video, according to Steamboat police.

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The video has since been removed from Facebook.

“Our community vigilance to public safety threats is commendable. This type of behavior is alarming and dangerous; it will not be tolerated,” Steamboat Police Commander Annette Dopplick said. “I am proud to be part of a community that values the wellness of all of our citizens.”

To report a non-emergency incident or violation of the state’s current stay-at-home order, contact the Routt County Dispatch non-emergency number at 970-879-1110. 911 must only be used for emergencies.

To reach Bryce Martin, call 970-871-4206 or email bmartin@SteamboatPilot.com.


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