New charges added in Riddhi Patel case as preliminary hearing pushed back

The Bakersfield activist who threatened murder won’t have to appear in court again until June.

Three more charges were added to the case against Bakersfield activist Riddhi Patel on Wednesday. 

Patel, the woman who threatened to murder members of the Bakersfield City Council, now faces 21 felony counts. 


The big picture: Prosecutors appeared in court Wednesday morning to amend the complaint. 

  • The preliminary hearing for the case was scheduled for Thursday morning but was pushed back to June 7. 
  • Patel is out of jail after posting bail of $500,000. 

The backstory: Bakersfield police arrested Patel at a City Council meeting on April 10 after she made her threats to the council when urging the members to support a cease-fire resolution in the Israel-Hamas war. 

  • “I hope one day somebody brings the guillotine and kills all of you motherf___ers,” Patel told the council. 
  • Later in the meeting Patel addressed the council once again when they were discussing adding security measures such as metal detectors to city buildings. 
  • “Regardless of whether you elect people into office, they’ll backstab you,” Patel said. “They’ll let you die. And for that reason – you guys want to criminalize us with metal detectors, we’ll see you at your house. We’ll murder you.” 
  • She pleaded not guilty to the charges of threatening with intent to terrorize and threatening state officials. 
  • Patel was also fired by her job at The Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment. 
  • Bakersfield City Councilman Andrae Gonzales told CNN last week that Patel has aggressively approached him in public and has used outlandish language in the past. 
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