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Derek Perez

Derek Perez

Contributed by the Hanford Police Department

HANFORD — A Hanford man has been arrested for making terrorist threats after allegedly calling his job and telling employees that people were going to die, police said.

At around 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Hanford Police Department said they received a report of terrorist threats being made to Jack in the Box employees.

Police said they determined that the person making threats was an employee, 30-year-old Derek Perez of Hanford.

Officials said Perez told employees that two people were dead and others would die. He made numerous phone calls to several employees making additional threats, so employees were fearful that Perez would carry out his violent threats, police said.

Officers said they searched the area for Perez, and Perez even told an employee over the phone that he could see the officers.

The cell phone that Perez was using was eventually traced to an address in the 700 block of W. Sixth Street, so police said officers surrounded the residence and made contact with Perez, who put his hands up and was talking to officers through a window, but refused to come outside.

Officials said crisis negotiators attempted to talk Perez into coming outside. A warrant was then obtained and Perez eventually came out peacefully, police said.

With the assistance of Hanford Police officers and detectives, Kings County Gang Task Force investigators and the Kings County Sheriff’s Office, authorities said Perez was taken into custody and booked into the Kings County Jail.

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