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Ukiah Woman Accused of Slashing 46 Tires Causing Thousands of Dollars of Damage


The following is a press released issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Kimberlee Thompson [Mugshot from the MCSO Booking Logs]

On 03-14-2021 at 7:48 AM, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center began receiving 911 calls regarding a female subject armed with a knife in the 200 block of Laws Avenue in Ukiah, California. 

It was reported the female was slashing the tires on numerous vehicles and also chasing people with the knife. 

Deputies responded to the area and arrived within a few minutes.  Deputies observed a female subject matching the description, who was being pointed out to Law Enforcement by numerous citizens in the area. 

Deputies exited their patrol vehicles and ordered the female to stop.  Instead, the female began running from Deputies.  Deputies could see a folding knife still in the female’s hand.   Deputies ordered her to stop and drop the knife numerous times and she continued to flee. 

Deputies caught up with the female a short distance away, and she continued to ignore commands to drop the knife and get on the ground.  The female had a folding knife in her right hand above her head, still in the closed position. 

While the female was fixated on two Deputies in front of her, a third Deputy was able to approach the female from behind and push her to the ground.  This caused the female to drop the knife and she was safely detained in handcuffs.  The female was identified as Kimberlee Thompson. 

Deputies, with the assistance of officers from the Ukiah Police Department, canvassed the area and located 19 vehicles which had their tires slashed. 

A total of 46 tires had been slashed on their sidewalls, causing thousands of dollars in damages. 

Deputies contacted a male subject in the area who was found to be a family member of Thompson’s.  Deputies learned that Thompson had arrived at the male’s residence and threatened to cause him great bodily harm while armed with a knife.  After making these criminal threats, Thompson left the residence and began vandalizing the vehicles.  

Thompson was ultimately placed under arrest for 594(b)(1) PC (Felony Vandalism) and 422 PC (Criminal Threats). 

Thompson was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where she was to be held in lieu of $20,000.00 bail.  

Deputies are attempting to make contact with all of the victim’s in this case to obtain estimates of the damage to their vehicles. 

If you are a victim of a tire vandalism in the area on this date and have not yet spoken with a Deputy, please contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at (707) 463-4086 and reference MCSO Case# 2021-5975.  

The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the officer’s from the Ukiah Police Department for their assistance with this case.   


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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs told.

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