Arrest Made in Pre-School Threats

Over the past several days the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has received reports of a male subject calling pre-schools and daycares within El Dorado County, making threats to harm the staff and children at these locations.  Several local pre-schools temporarily closed as a result of the threats.

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Detectives arrested 23-year-old Michael McDermot, an Orangevale resident in connection with these threats.  McDermot was booked into the El Dorado County Jail for charges related to the terroristic threats.  Sheriff D’Agostini appreciates the support of the community and the cooperative efforts of the Placerville Police Department and the Folsom Police Department.


Penal Code section 422(a) Criminal Threats
Penal Code section 653(b) Annoying Electronic Communication

Telephone Threats at Pre-Schools

Over the past several days, several pre-schools and other businesses in El Dorado County have received telephone messages from a male caller.  In the messages, the caller threatened staff and children.  This included a business that does have children on the premises.  Several pre-schools have temporarily closed as a result of the threats.  However, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has not instructed any schools to lockdown.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is not aware of a credible threat at this time.  Nevertheless, we are working diligently to identify the person or persons responsible for the messages.  Extra patrols are being conducted in the areas of the threats.  If anyone has any information related to the specific threats, please contact Detective Densmore at 642-4718Any new information will be announced when it becomes available.

Garden Valley Fire Update

On September 13, 2015, at approximately 1100 hours, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist Garden Valley Fire on a wildland fire in the 4600 block of Highway 193 in Garden Valley.  While searching the area, it was determined that a residence had burned.  El Dorado County Coroner’s confirmed two person’s remains were located inside the burned residence.

The Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office has been working diligently on behalf of the victims located within the burnt structure. The Coroner’s Office has sent samples of the located remains to the California Department of Justice for DNA processing in an attempt to identify the remains. A possible third set of remains were located within the burnt residence, however, are still in the early stage of being examined.

The incident is being treated as a homicide and arson investigation at this time. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be announced once it becomes available.