ANGRY MAN BRINGS GUN TO CHARLESTON HOSPITAL - A Winfield man is charged with threatening a terrorist act after he allegedly said he wanted to take control of CAMC General Hospital and brought a gun onto hospital property yesterday.|
Charleston police say Richard W. King's wife was being treated in the hospital's ICU. He was allegedly unhappy and started arguing with two nurses.
The 46-year-old King allegedly called his nephew, Douglas Hazlett, to ask him if he owned a gun, according to the criminal complaint.
After King's nephew told him he didn't own a gun, King allegedly told him he was going to buy one and take control of the hospital and start shooting people, according to the complaint.
King then reportedly bought a revolver at a pawnshop and returned to the hospital within an hour.
Police arrested King in a hospital bathroom. He told police the gun was in his truck hidden by clothing.
The complaint says when police asked him what he intended to do with the gun, he allegedly said, "What do you think?"
King is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and two counts of assault. He was being held at the South Central Regional Jail on a $250,000 cash only bond.
CHARLESTON THROAT SLASHER - Charleston police are searching for a Dunbar man they believe slashed a man's throat in the city's East End on Monday night.
Denny Cox, 59, is wanted on a malicious wounding charge for allegedly cutting Michael Leonard, 38, of Dunbar, late Monday
Police reported the men were riding together in a vehicle driven by Cox. Leonard thought Cox was drunk and asked to be dropped off, which upset Cox, said police.
After being wounded, Leonard went a block away to the 7-Eleven on Washington Street East and told employees someone slit his throat.
Leonard was listed in satisfactory condition yesterday.
Cox was charged last November with shooting two 18-year-old men at a South Charleston church parking lot.