Harvey Taratoo Biography, Harvey Taratoo Wiki
Harvey Taratoot is a Georgia man who was arrested on March 22 after he was accused of pulling a gun on a woman and her granddaughter over fears they might infect him with the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to Alpharetta Police. The incident occurred at a post office, police said.
Both the woman and her granddaughter were wearing medical masks and gloves when they entered the post office. Taratoot, 75, screamed at them to get back and then pointed a gun in their direction. Taratoot left the facility and drove off. Taratoot was arrested at his home after one of the victims got his license plate number. He admitted to officers that he was afraid of getting infected with the virus.
Police addressed the public after the incident, saying Taratoot’s reaction was extreme. They urged the public to remain calm.
“Please do not allow fear to overcome your logic while we’re going through this. This could have certainly ended with tragic results for everyone involved,” a police spokesman told WSB-TV. “Folks, this was such an overreaction on the part of the suspect.”
The local news station has been keeping track of the number of coronavirus cases in Georgia by county. With 145 confirmed cases, Fulton County had the highest number of as Monday. “As of today at noon, 772 Georgians have been diagnosed with Coronavirus. Here’s how the cases break down by county,” the news station wrote on Instagram.
Harvey Taratoo Age
He is 75 years old,
Career and Early Life
Harvey Taratoot is an Alpharetta, Georgia, native and is the owner of Chemsmart Wholesale Inc., according to his Facebook profile. Taratoot is a graduate of Georgia State University, where he earned a science degree, he wrote on Facebook. He attended Henry Grady High School in Atlanta.
Taratoot has been released from the Fulton County Jail after posting $1,500 bail, according to online records. It is not clear if he has hired an attorney who could comment on his behalf and he could not be reached for comment by Heavy. He was charged with pointing or aiming gun or pistol at another, which is a misdemeanor.
Yesterday afternoon we responded to the Post Office on Webb Bridge Road after receiving a call about a person pulling a gun and pointing it at the victim and her adult granddaughter. Our officers responded immediately and located both victims unharmed. The suspect had fled the scene prior to our arrival.
The victims told us that they were both wearing medical masks and gloves when they entered the post office. They were immediately met by a man who pulled out a handgun, pointed it at both of them, and yelled at them to get back. The male suspect then left the building and drove away in his vehicle.
Thankfully, one of the victims was able to get the license plate number of the suspect’s vehicle. Our officers quickly went to the suspect’s address, confronted him in his driveway where he peacefully surrendered and was taken into custody. He was armed with a holstered firearm at the time of his arrest.
While we cannot go into specific details involving the interview with the suspect, he admitted to officers that he pointed his gun at the victims in fear of catching the coronavirus.
Folks, this was such an overreaction on the part of the suspect. Please do not allow fear to overcome your logic while we’re going through this. This could have certainly ended with tragic results for everyone involved.
The suspect was charged with, “Pointing a Pistol at Another”. This case is pending prosecution and no further details will be released.