Location: PIxley/Earlimart Area

Incident Date: 5/30/17

Incident Time: 3:16 p.m.

Case Number: 17-05601 and 17-05647

Victim: Pixley School District

City: PIxley/Earlimart Area

Posted by: Dispatch

*Updated News Release*

On 05/30/17, Tulare County Sheriff's Detectives concluded a recent bomb threats/terrorist threats incident which had occurred during a 2-day period of time where a total of eight (8) bomb/terrorist threats were made to the Pixley Middle School and Pixley School District Office. The original threats were received via telephone on 05/11/17 and 05/12/17.

A diligent effort to identify the suspect was conducted and through evidence located at the scene, forensic evidence of phone logs and witness statements, the suspect was identified as Nereida Valdez (35-year-old female) and subsequently contacted at her residence in Earlimart.  The suspect was arrested and transported to the Adult Pre-Trial Facility where she was booked on eight (8) counts of terrorist threats and (8) counts of making bomb threats to a school.

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Investigations Unit.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit Det. G. Burns at (559) 733-6218 or (800) 808-0488.  Anonymous information about this crime can be reported via Tipnow email tcso@tipnow.net, text or voicemail at 559-725-4194, or download the Tipnow app for Android or Apple phones.