Video from use of force and arrest

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

This afternoon, it came to our attention that videos were posted on social media regarding a use of force and arrest which occurred on Sunday. Below is information on that arrest. The edited video can be viewed on at Facebook.com/ElDoradoSheriff.

On Sunday, July 28, 2019, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon. The suspect, Vicki Weaver, had struck her boyfriend with a crescent wrench several times. After interviewing the victim, sufficient probable cause existed to arrest Vicki.

Vicki remained inside her residence and refused to exit. The victim allowed EDSO, including a K9 handler, into the residence where they found Vicki sitting on the couch in the nude yelling at the deputies. Several canine warnings were issued and ignored by Vicki. As the deputies approached Vicki, she rushed the deputies and began striking the canine while attempting to grab his collar. She also struck the K9 handler in the face, grabbed and twisted the fingers of another deputy and attempted to grab the groin of a third deputy. At this point, the canine engaged Vicki biting her multiple times.

Vicki was taken into custody and transported to Marshall Hospital. At the hospital, Vicki remained combative and kicked a nurse. Once medically cleared, Vicki was booked into the El Dorado County Jail.

Investigation on Highway 89

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

On Friday, July 25, 2019, the FBI Las Vegas Field Office, Reno Resident Agency, received a report of an individual who may harm herself and may put others at risk.  The FBI contacted the Reno Police Department to assist with locating the individual to ensure her safety and that of others. When law enforcement attempted to stop the individual’s vehicle, the driver fled and law enforcement gave chase, ultimately crossing into California.

The vehicle fled and was later located by California State Parks on Highway 89. Ca State Parks requested assistance and followed the vehicle. The vehicle stopped on the side of Highway 89, just north of Vikingsholm, and two people exited the vehicle.

One person, a man, ran into the forest. The second person, a female, exited the vehicle with an unknown device around her neck. The woman threatened law enforcement with an explosive device and was uncooperative. The female was eventually arrested. The second person was later located by South Lake Tahoe Police Department within the city limits.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (Bomb Squad) was called from EDSO. We also received technical assistance from Tahoe Douglas Bomb Squad and FBI to clear the scene. No live explosives or devices were located.

This investigation is being lead by California State Parks. No further information is being released at this time.

Robocall Scams and You!

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

There has been an increase in robotic phone scams reported to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. These scams are also referred to as Robocall scams. These scams attempt to fool people into calling a phone number provided so that miscreants can be provided with information that will allow them access to monetary funds of the victims. The most current Robocall scam revolves around the call receiver’s Social Security number being suspended due to suspicious activity. These types of calls are the most current scam. How to know if you are the recipient of a possible scam:

  • You get an unsolicited call from someone claiming to work for SSA. Except in rare circumstances, you will not get a call from Social Security unless you have already been in contact with the agency.
  • The caller asks for your Social Security number —again, something an actual SSA employee wouldn’t do.
  • A call or email threatens consequences, such as arrest, loss of benefits or suspension of your Social Security number, if you do not provide a payment or personal information.

If you find yourself receiving a phone call that you believe is a scam call here is a list of “Do’s” and “Don’ts”:

DO’s:

Do hang up if someone calls you out of the blue and claims to be from SSA.

Do be skeptical if a caller claims to be an “officer with the Inspector General of Social Security.” Scammers appropriate official-sounding and often actual government titles to make a ruse seem authentic.

Do set up a My Social Security account online and check it on a monthly basis for signs of anything unusual, even if you have not yet started collecting benefits.

Do install a robocall-blocking app on your smartphone, or sign up for a robocall-blocking service from your mobile network provider.

Dont’s:

Don’t call a phone number left on your voice mail by a robocaller. If you want to contact SSA, call the customer-service line at 800-772-1213.

Don’t assume a call is legitimate because it appears to come from 800-772-1213. Scammers use “spoofing” technology to trick caller ID.

Don’t give your Social Security number or other personal information to someone who contacts you by email. SSA never requests information that way.

Don’t click links in purported SSA emails without checking them. Mouse over the link to reveal the actual destination address. The main part of the address should end with “.gov/” — including the forward slash. If there’s anything between .gov and the slash, it’s fake.

For more information see the below links regarding these types of scam activity.

Social Security Administration: https://blog.ssa.gov/beware-of-scammers-pretending-to-be-social-security/

Federal Trade Commission: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/12/what-social-security-scam-sounds

AARP: https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2019/social-security.html