Sheriff's investigating threat made against Encinitas mayor

Mayor taking precautions for herself and family
Posted at 5:34 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 20:58:15-04

ENCINITAS, Calif. (KGTV) - San Diego Sheriff's Deputies confirmed Thursday they are investigating a threat made against Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear this week.

SDSO Captain John Maryon said the threat to Mayor Blakespear was made on July 2 via text, though would not elaborate on the specifics of the message.

Sheriff's Deputies have taken a criminal report of the incident and are taking the threat seriously.

"A crime report was taken and it is being investigated," Capt. Maryon said. "We are taking this seriously. To send something like that is not right, and it’s illegal."

No further information regarding the threat was given.

Blakespear said she and her family are taking necessary precautions following the threat. She said in a statement to 10News:

"Threatening sexual violence is aimed at making me feel fearful and vulnerable as a woman. Its goal is to terrorize me, and I recognize that. I don’t know who sent me that text message but the Sheriff is investigating. I’m taking extra precautions to protect myself and my family."

Blakespear was elected mayor in 2016, after serving two years as Encinitas's deputy mayor.