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Man captured after threats

April 22, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A Charles Town man who said voices were instructing him to kill his boss was apprehended inside his East Liberty Street house Thursday evening, police said.

Earlier in the day, the Desert Storm veteran told officials at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg and East Ridge Health Systems that he heard voices, which were telling him to kill his foreman at the Powhatan Automatic Sprinkler plant, police said.

Specifically, the man said he was being told by his brother, Elvis and Marilyn Monroe to carry out the act, said Charles Town Police Chief Mike Aldridge.

He continued the threat when he reported to work at midnight Thursday at Powhatan, which is along Mildred Street in Ranson, said Aldridge.

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Aldridge said he did not expect any charges to be filed, but the man would undergo a hearing to determine if he is a danger to himself or others.

Police, some carrying rifles, went to the man's house at about 5 p.m. after VA and East Ridge officials told them about the threats.

Police cleared people off the streets around the man's house, and blocked off an eight-block area around the home. Then police officer Mark Johnston, who specializes in negotiation techniques, called the man on the phone and convinced him to surrender, said Aldridge.

About eight officers entered the house and apprehended the man, Aldridge said.

There were no injuries, and Aldridge said he was happy that the incident ended safely.

"It turned out very well. He was surrounded," said Aldridge.

A large knife was found inside the house. Aldridge said he did not believe there were any guns in the house, which police were still searching late Thursday.

The incident attracted onlookers, who stood along East Washington Street and other areas to watch police move in on the house.

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