A 72-year-old Coalton man who was arrested for allegedly threatening to kill people at Davis Memorial Hospital because he was sick of receiving hospital bills is free on bond.
John Thomas Rogers, of HC 61 Box 63, was arrested and charged Tuesday with one felony count of making threats of terrorist acts, a crime that happens when someone "knowingly and willingly threatens to commit a terrorist act, with or without the intent to commit the act," according to state code.
According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's office, at about 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Trooper A.N. Alton with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police was dispatched to Davis Memorial Hospital, where he spoke with Kelley Cooper, head of security at the medical facility. Cooper said that an employee in the billing department had informed her that Rogers called the employee on the telephone about a bill he'd recently received.
Alton then met with the employee, who told him that Rogers said he was tired of receiving bills from the hospital in the mail. The employee also said that Rogers allegedly stated that if he received any additional bills "he was going to come in with a gun and start shooting people," the complaint states.
The employee told the officer that although she remained silent, Rogers again said "that (shooting people) was exactly what he was going to do... He was going to get his gun, come to Davis Memorial and start shooting people."
The Inter-Mountain was unable to reach a hospital spokesperson for comment.
Magistrate George M. Riggleman set bond at $25,000 cash, property or surety; Rogers is free on bond.
The penalty for a conviction of threats of terrorist acts is a fine between $5,000 and $25,000 or confinement in the state penitentiary for one to three years.
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