BUCKHANNON – A Rock Cave man was arrested after allegedly threatening police officers and members of their family.
Roy Lahman, 30, was arrested for threats of terroristic acts, a felony.
According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by Sgt. Marshall O’Connor with the Buckhannon Police Department, on Tuesday, March 15, at 8:08 p.m., the E911 Upshur County Communication Center received a 911 call involving a male and female at Walgreens, allegedly trying to start fights.
The caller then reported that the two subjects were exiting the store and walking toward a dark green sedan, according to the report. The caller also stated the female was driving but seemed impaired. The female then drove the vehicle from Walgreens to Taco Bell and parked prior to law enforcement arriving, the caller told the Comm Center.
Police found the male subject, later identified as Lahman, in the passenger seat. He allegedly began to make threats “about going to jail” and the officers having to fight him, the complaint states.
According to the report, after officers gave Lahman several warnings to stop and desist his disorderly conduct — which allegedly included making threats of violence against law enforcement – they placed Lahman in handcuffs. At that point, Lahman allegedly grabbed Sgt. Tom Posey’s finger and refused to let go, the report says.
Posey subsequently delivered a single strike to Lahman’s ribs to make him release his finger, and then Lahman allegedly threatened “violence to Sgt. Posey and his family.”
Lahman made several threats to visit Posey when he gets out of jail, and one threat allegedly included “getting his kids off the bus and beating their eyes out,” the file says. These threats continued while driving to Tygart Valley Regional Jail.
Upshur County Magistrate Alan Suder set bail at $75,000 cash only.
The potential penalty for a conviction of threats of terroristic acts is imprisonment in the state penitentiary for less than one year nor more than three years, a fine ranging between $5,000 and $25,000, or both.