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Butte County woman arrested after alleged threats to family prompt school lockdown

An Oroville woman was arrested Friday afternoon after she allegedly threatened family members with a knife and prompted the lockdown of an elementary school.

Butte County sheriff’s deputies responded about 12:30 p.m. to Cold Creek Lane in the Oroville area regarding a report that a woman was threatening family members with a large kitchen knife. As deputies were en route, it was reported that the woman, later identified as 30-year-old Jessana Carmona, had ordered her mother, at knifepoint, to drive her to Ophir Elementary School so Carmona could see her children. Carmona reportedly was threatening to stab her mother and herself, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies spotted the car, a 2005 Cadillac sedan, on Forbestown Road, traveling toward Oroville and pursued the vehicle. An additional deputy was dispatched to the elementary school to assist with security and a lockdown.

Carmona’s mother was rescued when Carmona stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Oro-Quincy Highway and Forbestown Road. After a brief struggle, deputies arrested Carmona. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained during the struggle with deputies, sheriff’s officials said.

No one else was injured in the incident.

Carmona was booked at the Butte County Jail on suspicion of kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, brandishing a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.