The Harlingen Police Department arrested a man after reports that he was spitting on a bench.

According to a release, the department responded to the 1500 block of North 77 Sunshine strip in reference to a man spitting on a public bench.

Officers made contact with the subject and identified him as Armando Santoyo Garcia after investigation, said the release.

According to the release, Garcia claimed he had a “contagious diseases and was attempting to infect everyone.”

During this time of emergency, the subject’s actions caused a public reaction/panic and an emergency response by the Police Department.

Garcia was placed under arrest for Terroristic Threat and was transported to the city jail.

Harlingen police remind the public to report any suspicious activity by calling (956) 425-8477.