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Utah woman accused of sending emoji bomb threat to her work

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Court documents state Brittany Valentine, 21, was arrested one count of threat of terrorism, a second-degree felony. (Photo courtesy of Cache County Jail){ }

A woman was arrested in Cache County Monday for allegedly sending threatening text messages to her coworkers, because she was worried about getting fired.

Court documents state Brittany Valentine, 21, was charged with one count of threat of terrorism, a second-degree felony on Thursday.

A supervisor at a unidentified workplace in Logan City received a series of text messages from an unknown number at approximately 6:50 p.m. that read, "You'll want to evacuate your workplace ASAP [purple devil emoji]," "Tick Tock [purple devil emoji, bomb emoji, explosion emoji]" and "You think it's all games? You have 1 hour to diffuse [bomb emoji]."

The supervisor asked the person where she worked and what her name was. The reply included the woman's name, workplace and the color of her vehicle.

The threat was reported to police, the building was evacuated and all of the employees were sent home for the night.

Police found no evidence of a bomb.

Valentine and another employee reported getting a text from the number in question at approximately 7:34 p.m. It read, "Danger is in the air."

Court documents state the number was traced to a TextNow account belonging to Valentine. At first, she denied sending the texts.

After the officer asked her to tell him the truth, she said "it was a mistake and she thought she was going to be fired from work and that's why she did it," court documents state.

Valentine told police she was worried she was going to be fired because she called in sick most of the week prior and "no showed" on Saturday.

The supervisor was supposed to speak with Valentine on Monday, but kept pushing it back. Valentine said she decided to take the attention off herself by sending the messages.

Valentine claimed she never meant to harm anyone, court documents state.

She was charged on Thursday with one count of threat of terrorism, a second-degree felony. She is scheduled to appear before a judge on Tuesday.

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