A teenager and adult were arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly calling the Porterville Court House with a bomb threat, according to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.
“The caller made the statement and then hung up. Someone called the Courthouse shortly before and said the same thing,” a news release says.
Deputies and officers with the Porterville Police Department responded to the court house and began to evacuate. “The building was searched by investigators and an (EOD) Explosive Ordinance Detection K-9 for anything suspicious, including explosives. The exterior perimeter, parking lot and nearby areas were also checked with the assistance of the TCSO Drone,” the news release read.
The cell phone service provider and registered owner of the number that called was identified, and a search warrant was executed at a home in the 300 block of South Ash Street in Pixley.
At the home, detectives arrested Gustavo Arellano Arevalo for allegedly obstructing and/or delaying peace officers. A 15-year-old boy who deputies believe made the calls was also arrested.
The cell phone used to make the call to the Porterville Court house was found at the home. Arevalo was taken to the Porterville Sheriff’s Substation and booked into custody without incident. The 15-year-old was taken to the Juvenile Detention Facility and charged with terrorist threats and false report of an emergency.
No explosive devices were found and no injuries were reported. The court remained closed as a result of the threat, but is expected to reopen Thursday morning.
Anyone with more information is urged to contact Det. Scott O’Neill at the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-808-0488 or anonymously at firstname.lastname@example.org or by text or voicemail at 559-725-4194.