Alan Viarengo, a South Bay resident who’s accused of repeatedly threatening Santa Clara County’s chief public health officer over her Covid-19 mandates, asked to delay entering a plea in the case until early next month.
Viarengo, 55, was arrested by Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputies on Aug. 27 at his Gilroy home and charged with felony counts of stalking by repeated following or malicious harassing, and threatening a public employee.
Viarengo is also suspected of affiliating himself with an anti-government extremist group known as “Boogaloo,” according to investigators. The FBI has classified the so-called Boogaloo Boys as members of a domestic terrorist organization.
When deputies served a warrant late last month at Viarengo’s home, they say they found 138 firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition and explosive materials.
A Sept. 1 court date was scheduled as a plea hearing, but it was continued to Oct. 5. Viarengo, a former Gavilan College math teacher, has retained a private attorney and remains in custody at the San Jose Main Jail.
Viarengo allegedly sent at least 24 anonymous, hand-written letters to Santa Clara County Public Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody between April and the date of his arrest.
Cody was targeted because of shelter-in-place and other health orders limiting public gatherings since the Covid-19 pandemic started in March, according to investigators. County investigators said some of the letters depicted imagery and slogans often associated with the Boogaloo movement.