A Bakersfield man was arrested this weekend after threatening to blow up his girlfriend with what turned out to be a fake bomb, days after another resident went online to urge a mass shooting in the city.
After sending a number of threatening text messages to his girlfriend, Cory Pearson taped what appeared to be several sticks of dynamite to his wrist and threatened to blow up her house with her children inside.
Pearson forced his way into the home and began assaulting his girlfriend, but was interrupted by family members who called police after he ran off into the neighborhood, jumping fences to escape pursuit, according to Eye Witness News.
Authorities set up a police perimeter and evacuated nearby homes. SWAT was called out along with the bomb squad, and police used a K9 to flush him out.
Police found the fake bomb at a nearby church and determined it was a hoax device. Pearson was charged with battery on a spouse, resisting arrest, willful cruelty to a child, intent to terrorize, and possession of a fake bomb.
This was the same weekend a police standoff ended with one man dead when he barricaded himself inside a local business after firing a gun at his wife during a domestic dispute.
After firing at least two shots at his wife, Mike Meredith fled into a local business, which quickly became surrounded by police and SWAT. After a several hour standoff, police entered the building after firing tear gas and discovered the man dead. No officer fired any shots, reports 23 ABC News.
The day before, Bakersfield police shot a man after he ran from them while they were investigating a drive-by shooting. After discovering a man in his car suffering from multiple gun shot wounds, officers searched the area and discovered two suspects who fled from them in a car. Officers shot one of the men after the chase ended in a crash, according to Bakersfield Now.
Because of the increased violent activity in the city and surrounding areas, Kern County law enforcement agencies will be hosting an active shooter seminar for local police, sheriff, fire, and the school district.
The drills hosted at the local high school this week will be the fifth of nine in the county.
Authorities continue to warn the public to be on the lookout for suspicious activity and to call police if they see something dangerous, Donny Youngblood, Kern County Sheriff, told 23 ABC News.
“If you report something that you hear or you see and it’s not a crime, that’s ok. Better that, than what happened in San Bernardino County.”
This weekend, a Facebook post was discovered that encouraged a mass shooting in Bakersfield, and while police have determined the threat not to be credible, authorities are urging the public to remain vigilant.
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security announced their intention to implement a new national terror alert system that will include an intermediate terror threat level.
DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson told CNN that the new system will take effect when authorities are aware of a general threat to the public but don’t have specific information on a credible plot.
Authorities said the changes reflect the department’s effort to communicate information about threats to the public more efficiently in light of the San Bernardino shootings.
Last week, a man and his wife stormed the Inland Regional Center conference center, killing 14 people and wounding at least 17 more.
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