Student Arrested After Altercation at School

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

On August 27, 2018, a juvenile student at Union Mine High School was arrested after an altercation occurred on school grounds. In a classroom, the juvenile student began verbally berating another student, because they were wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. The suspect grabbed the hat off of the other student’s head and threw it to the ground. The teacher told the upset student to leave the classroom.

The suspect shortly returned to the classroom and escalated the argument for a second time, again removing the victim’s hat. When the teacher held out his arm to keep the upset student away from the victim, the suspect slapped the teacher’s arm.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer responded and arrested the suspect, who was transported to the El Dorado County Juvenile Hall.

No further information, including the identification of the suspect, will be released due to the age of all involved.

Looking for Person of Interest in Shooting

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

On August 21, 2018, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to Georgetown for a report of a shooting. This is an active and ongoing investigation with EDSO Detectives.

Detectives have asked for the community’s assistance in locating a person of interest in this investigation. Detectives are looking for Jacob Louis Sota, a 20 year old man. He is 6’1” and approximately 220 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. If you see Sota or have information as to his whereabouts please contact EDSO immediately at (530) 621-6600.

Caretaker Fraud Investigation

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

On July 30, 2018, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was called regarding a fraud investigation in Rescue.  The caller had found multiple fraudulent checks made out to a caretaker they had hired for their elderly parent. EDSO deputies and detectives worked together and found that the caretaker, identified as Terry Whitcomb, had written numerous fraudulent checks for thousands of dollars. Whitcomb was interviewed and subsequently arrested.  A search was conducted at Whitcomb’s residence and over $5,000 was recovered.

Whitcomb was booked into the El Dorado County Jail for charges of identity theft and Elder abuse.