A southwest Missouri man is facing a felony charge of making a terrorist threat after he allegedly tried to avoid being arrested by lying about possibly having the coronavirus.

BUFFALO — A southwest Missouri man is facing a felony charge of making a terrorist threat after he allegedly tried to avoid being arrested by lying about possibly having the coronavirus.

Dallas County Sheriff's deputies went to Larry Moore's home in Buffalo on March 20 to investigate a disturbance report. 

Moore, 47, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest but he told deputies he was awaiting results of a recent test for the coronavirus, The Springfield News-Leader reported.

The documents say Moore was not arrested "for the safety of law enforcement."

He was arrested later that day at a Sonic restaurant after a witness told authorities Moore had admitted lying about the coronavirus to avoid being arrested, court documents said.

Because he had two prior felony convictions, Moore faces up to seven years in prison if he is convicted of the terrorist threat charge. Online court records don't list a defense attorney for this case.