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Bear Fire benefit organizer's life threatened, Willows man arrested

A person who was organizing a benefit for Bear Fire survivors was threatened over social media. A Willows man has since been arrested in relation to the felony threats.

Posted: Sep 13, 2020 12:21 PM
Updated: Sep 14, 2020 12:47 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. -  A Willows man was arrested Saturday, said the Butte County Sheriff's Office, after a Butte County resident received death threats via social media while promoting a luncheon to benefit Bear Fire survivors at Lakeside Market, a popular gathering spot near Lake Oroville for residents, evacuees, responders, and media. (The Bear Fire is also known as the North Complex West Zone)

According to the Sheriff's Office, the resident told them that "an unknown individual contacted him on Facebook" and threatened to use a firearm to kill him and his friends.

Deputies increased patrol at the Lakeside Market and conducted an investigation. They said they determined the person responsible for the social media threats was at a home in Willows, near the 800 block of Plumas Street.

The Glenn County Sheriff's Office assisted Butte County Sheriff detectives and personnel to serve a warrant at the address. Butte County Sheriff's Office official said they search the home and found evidence which showed that 40-year-old Songkham Sirivongsa of Willows was the person that had sent the threatening messages.

Sirivongsa was placed under arrest for making criminal threats, which is a felony. His bail has been set for $50,000. Sirivongsa will be arraigned in Butte County Superior Court on Wednesday, September 16 at 3:00 p.m.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office said a firearm and ammunition were also found at the home. They said Sirivongsa is prohibited from possessing firearms. Action News Now was told the Glenn County Sheriff's Office and the Butte County Sheriff's office will work together to obtain an arrest warrant for Sirivongsa in Glenn County on additional felony charges of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Detectives from Butte and Glenn counties are seeking additional information from citizens that may be relevant to this case. You can contact Butte County Sheriff's Detective Tristan Harper or Deputy Daniel King at (530) 538-7671.

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