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Page man arrested for urging killings of Navajo over virus

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Posted at 9:15 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 00:15:22-04

PAGE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in northern Arizona have arrested a man for writing a racist social media post accusing Navajo people of carrying the coronavirus and calling for their deaths.

The Page Police Department announced Tuesday that 34-year-old Daniel Franzen was taken into custody on suspicion of attempting to incite an act of terrorism.

Police say they received reports Monday of a Facebook post that urged people to use "lethal force'' against the Navajo community because they were "100% infected'' with COVID-19.

Investigators say they traced the post to Franzen.

He has been booked into Coconino County jail.

The city of Page borders the Navajo Nation, the nation's largest Native American reservation.