A woman was arrested by police Thursday for allegedly making threats against Walmart, nearly a week after the unrelated arrest of a Horizon City area man for alleged similar threats.
According to the Socorro Police Department (SPD), on May 13, 2020, a concerned resident from the City of Socorro notified the SPD about a series of social media posts that threatened the safety of “Walmarts.”
“Because of an exchange of comments between the concerned resident and the individual making the post, it was determined that this individual lived locally, in the El Paso area,” SPD officials shared. “Officials contacted the FBI for assistance in the investigation, which included locating the individual, who was positively identified and contacted.”
On May 14, the Socorro Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Vanessa Tarango. SPD says the charge was for Terroristic Threats, as a result of online social media postings reported the previous day.
With the cooperation and assistance of the FBI, and the El Paso Police Department (EPPD), Tarango was located and taken into custody without incident. She was arrested by the EPPD on an active violation of probation warrant held by the El Paso County Sheriff’s office.
“This investigation required the cooperation of several area law enforcement agencies, and the Socorro Police Department would like to thank both the local FBI office and the El Paso Police Department,” SPD officials shared.
Tarango remains in custody on a $20,000 bond, with additional restrictions applied by the magistrate that ban her from all Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs. The Socorro Police Department will be pursuing criminal charges for online threats.
A search of Ms. Tarango’s residence was conducted at the time of her arrest, and no weapons were located.
The investigation is still active, and specific details of the threat are not being released at this time.