FRESNO - Thursday evening, Fresno County Sheriff’s deputies contacted and arrested 20 year old Jake Randles of England at Fresno Yosemite International Airport. Randles was booked into the Fresno County Jail on two felony counts of making criminal threats. His bail has been set at $40,000.
Deputies responded to the airport after receiving information that Randles might be traveling to Fresno to carry out death threats he had made in the past. Randles was reportedly upset that his ex-girlfriend had met a new man and she was planning to marry him.
On Thursday, Randles called one of his ex-girlfriend’s family members and told them he had flown to San Francisco from England and would be flying to Fresno soon. The family member became scared and called the Sheriff’s Office. They relayed to dispatchers his flight information along with the fact that Randles had made numerous death threats toward them both over the phone and through text messages.
Deputies obtained Randles’ text messages, which said he would kill his ex-girlfriend and her family members. These messages were sent during the last month. After receiving these messages, the young woman petitioned Fresno County Family Law Court for a temporary domestic violence restraining order. The order was granted, but never served to Randles due to him being overseas. Thursday night, deputies took the
opportunity to personally serve Randles with the restraining order. Randles was not found to be in possession of any weapons.
Fresno County Sheriff’s Correctional Officers have contacted the British Consulate General and informed them of Randles being in custody.
The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone who receives violent threats to report them to law enforcement. In this case, the threat seemed imminent and the person did the right thing by calling our office. Doing so may have prevented injury or death.