A woman accused of sending threatening text messages to herself and her boyfriend and lying to police about it was arrested this week.
Atwater police detectives traced the threats to the woman's own prepaid cell phone.
Kristina Lencioni, 38, was arrested Tuesday and faces charges of making terrorist threats, stalking and filing a false police report.
The woman told officers her boyfriend began receiving threatening text messages on May 1. She told officers the threats were very specific and included herself and her daughter.
The text messages alluded to the boyfriend's location and made threats of physical violence, according to Atwater police Lt. Sam Joseph.
The woman told police she was afraid for her life and her daughter because the unknown text messenger threatened to rape and kill them both.
She said she had no idea who was responsible for the threats because the messages came from a prepaid cell phone, authorities said. She told officers she hired a private investigator and contacted Merced and Atwater police to look into the matter.
During the investigation, Atwater detectives were able to track the phone sending the messages — and discovered it belonged to Lencioni, Joseph said.
When officers contacted her, they found the phone in her possession. Joseph said she unsuccessfully tried to destroy it and remove the chip.
Police said Lencioni told them she faked the threats because wanted to get back at her her boyfriend, and that he said she learned how to deceive police by watching a TV movie.
She is being held at the Merced County Jail in lieu of $200,750 bail.
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