Community College Professor With Ties to Far-Right 'Boogaloos' Arrested for Threatening County Health Officer
Police have arrested a Santa Clara County community college professor for allegedly threatening Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody over local coronavirus restrictions.
Authorities say Alan Viarengo has ties to the far-right boogaloo movement. Boogaloo members have been charged with an array of crimes, including the killings of law enforcement officers.
Viarengo is suspected of sending two dozen threatening letters to Dr. Cody. Most of them were focused on the health restrictions she advocated to combat the pandemic. Police say he also sent letters to the widow of a Santa Cruz County sheriff’s sergeant recently killed in the line of duty. The letters mocked the sergeant’s death.
Gavilan Joint Community College District superintendent and president Kathleen A. Rose addressed the charges against Viarengo in a message to students and faculty. She said administrators are “shocked and saddened by what took place” and vowed to fully cooperate with the investigation.
County health officers have been the target of anti-vaccine and COVID truther extremists since the pandemic began. Like Cody, former Orange County Health Officer Dr. Nichole Quick was forced to get a security detail after threats against her life. Several California health officers have resigned amid threats and harassment.