Oakley Police Detective, DA Investigator Awarded Medal of Merit in Freedom HS Threats Case

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During Tuesday night’s Oakley City Council Meeting, Mayor Claire Alaura recognized the work of Oakley Police Detective Minister and DA’s Investigator Holcombe by awarding them the Oakley Police Department’s Medal of Merit.

Both of these investigators worked on the investigation of a series of computer threats that were initially made to several students and then expanded to include the entire student body and members of the School Administration.  These two investigators dedicated hundreds of hours in investigating the threats by interviewing dozens of witnesses and researching the computer networks that were used to transmit the various threats.

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Through their investigation, the detectives were able to identify Tristan Amir, 19, who was residing in Texas.  These two investigators traveled to Texas where they worked with local authorities to locate and apprehend the suspect.

The detectives were able to recover a significant amount of evidence linking the suspect to all of the threats that had been made.  The suspect was later extradited back to California and has been charged with a series of crimes.

Originally, Amir was charged with six felony counts of making criminal threats, one felony count of stalking and one felony count of threatening a school official. However, this week he had additional felony charges which included felony charges for the distribution of child pornography and advertising of and distribution of child pornography.

Amir remains in custody on $500,000 bail.

Oakley says the efforts of these two investigators resolved an incident that had significantly impacted the community.

On Tuesday Mayor Alaura was joined by Superintendent Eric Volta, Principal Kelly Manke, and DA’s Chief Inspector Mulligan in recognizing the investigators for their work.


According to earlier press releases by the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office:

  • the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office charged 19-year-old Tristan Amir Curl, a resident of Oakley, California and a student living in Austin, Texas, with six felony counts of making criminal threats, one felony count of stalking and one felony count of threatening a school official.
  • The investigation spanned 2-months which included Oakley Police, District Attorney’s Office, and FBI.
  • Curl allegedly threatened to murder the school principal. Investigators subsequently identified Curl as the suspect and obtained an arrest warrant for him, which was approved by a Superior Court Judge in Contra Costa County.


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