Anton Dunn, 42, who called himself “Trashman,” posted a series of videos on YouTube and other sites claiming to have tampered with millions of jars of Gerber baby food.
The videos claimed that Gerber employees acting at his direction had poisoned millions of bottles of baby food, said prosecutors at Manhattan federal court.
In several videos, Mr Dunn – wearing a black mask – said the baby food had been poisoned with cyanide, prosecutors said.
A representative of Gerber, which is owned by Nestle, was not immediately available to comment on Mr Dunn’s arrest.
The videos, posted between April and July, also claimed that the affected food had been shipped to consumers and it was “too late” to do anything about it, prosecutors said.
The crazy guy, a Manhattan resident, faces charges of sending threats and falsely claiming to have tampered with a consumer product. Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Some of the videos can still be viewed online.
If you ask me – they should keep him in jail longer for causing panic.