Woman Who Allegedly Made Terrorist Threats Arrested After Pursuit

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A female driver wanted in connection with making alleged terrorist threats in Kern County was arrested early Monday in Hawthorne after leading police on a pursuit, authorities said.


A woman led law enforcement on a pursuit from Kern County to Hawthorne, authorities said. (Credit: RMG News)

Officers initially responded to a Motel 6 parking lot near the 5 Freeway in Frazier Park around 10 p.m. Sunday to look for the woman, who was also wanted for a felony arrest warrant, according to Sgt. Steven Peterson with the Kern County Sheriff’s Department.

The woman, later identified by authorities as 54-year-old Katherine Duenckeo, fled in a white truck after being approached by law enforcement officials, Peterson said.

Authorities followed and a pursuit ensued.

Duenckeo was on the phone with a 911 operator throughout the pursuit, according to Peterson.

She stopped at a police station in Hawthorne, where she was arrested, Peterson said.

It was not immediately clear what the alleged terrorist threats were that she was wanted in connection with.

KTLA’s Rose Razeghi contributed to this report.