Robert Kovner Bio – Wiki
Robert Kovner is accused of threatening a mass shooting at a grocery store after expressing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Investigators said Kovner was upset about seeing people shopping without face masks or gloves.
Kovner expressed his annoyance on social media on April 14. He posted to the Sebring, Florida, a Facebook group that if he was diagnosed with COVID-19, he would head to the Publix store and “empty every clip I own.”
The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and the Sebring Police Department were alerted to the Facebook post by other concerned group members. Kovner was arrested a short time later at his home and booked into the Highlands County Jail on a $30,000 bond. The public information officer for the Highlands County Sheriff’s department confirmed to Heavy that Kovner posted bail on April 15 and was released.
Robert Kovner Age
Robert Kovner is 62 years old as of 2020.
Kovner was arrested less than two hours after the threatening message was posted to Facebook, according to the arrest report. Deputies located Kovner at his home in Sebring, Florida, and he was taken into custody without incident.
Kovner made a statement to deputies after he was read his Miranda rights, but the department blacked out that portion of the arrest report.
The Highland County Sheriff’s Department wasted no time in announcing Kovner had been arrested. The arrest report notes he was taken into custody at 6:15 p.m. Just 20 minutes later, the department posted on its own Facebook page that Kovner had been apprehended.
Deputies used Kovner’s arrest as an example and warned others against issuing written threats. The department wrote in part, “We realize these are stressful times, but there is no excuse for making threats like this. 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.”
Robert Kovner faces two felony charges. According to the arrest report by the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, Kovner is charged with:
- Written threat to kill, do bodily injury or conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism
- Use of two way communication device to facilitate felony
The first charge is described in the Florida legal code:
Any person who writes or composes and also sends or procures the sending of any letter, inscribed communication, or electronic communication, whether such letter or communication be signed or anonymous, to any person, containing a threat to kill or to do bodily injury to the person to whom such letter or communication is sent, or a threat to kill or do bodily injury to any member of the family of the person to whom such letter or communication is sent, or any person who makes, posts, or transmits a threat in a writing or other record, including an electronic record, to conduct a mass shooting or an act of terrorism, in any manner that would allow another person to view the threat, commits a felony of the second degree.
Second-degree felony charges in Florida are punishable by up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
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Kovner was quick to apologize for the threatening message. The arrest report notes the original post was deleted and “another post was made from the same account apologizing.”
In the second message, Kovner repeated his call for community members to wear face masks and other personal protective equipment while the pandemic continues.
According to the Highland News-Sun, Kovner also shared that the coronavirus had impacted him directly. He said seven of his friends and family members had died from the virus and that his mother-in-law was “fighting for her life at the moment from this horrible virus.”