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UPDATE: Suspect in SLO County Courthouse bomb threat investigation released on zero bail

Posted at 4:50 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 10:51:59-04

UPDATE (Friday): Jail logs show Carrie Maggard was no longer in custody Friday morning. Police confirm to KSBY News that she was released under the zero bail rule. Atkins remains behind bars.

UPDATE: San Luis Obispo police say a 40-year-old woman was arrested in connection with a bomb threat that was made at the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse Wednesday shortly after her boyfriend was taken into custody there.

Police say through video surveillance and the help of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, they identified Derek Atkins, 30, as their person of interest in the case and later found that his girlfriend, identified as Carrie Maggard, 40, was also a person of interest.

Police say they conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in Los Osos Thursday afternoon and took Maggard into custody.

After being interviewed, police say she admitted to making the false bomb threat report.

“At the time of the bomb threat, Atkins was in the courthouse and scheduled turn himself in to serve a prison sentence on an unrelated case. Shortly after bailiffs took Atkins into custody, the bomb threat was made. Based on information obtained during this investigation it is believed Atkins conspired with Maggard to make the bomb threat,” police said in a press release.

Maggard faces charges of making a false bomb threat and conspiracy. She was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail with bail set at $20,000.

Police say additional charges are being requested for Atkins.

ORIGINAL STORY: An arrest has been made in connection with a bomb threat Wednesday that evacuated the San Luis Obispo County Courthouse.

Police confirmed the arrest to KSBY News late Thursday afternoon and said additional information would be released soon.

Booking logs show San Luis Obispo police arrested a 40-year-old woman Thursday on suspicion of making a false bomb threat report.

Police responded to the courthouse on Monterey Street at around 11 a.m. Wednesday after they say someone called the courthouse to say two bombs had been placed in the ventilation system.

The courthouse and nearby County Government Center were both evacuated.

After bomb-sniffing dogs were used and a search done of the buildings, the all clear was given a few hours later.

Police said no explosive devices or any other suspicious materials were found.

Wednesday evening, investigators said the call to the courthouse was made from a pre-paid cell phone.