Elkins man behind bars after deputies say he threatened to kill the mayor of Elkins


Randolph County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a man they said threatened to kill the mayor of Elkins.

Deputies said that on Monday, April 8, they responded to Elkins City Hall to speak with Elkins Mayor Van Broughton. Broughton told deputies that he was in his vehicle at the intersection of First Street and Davis Avenue in Elkins, when a man, Robert Bowers, 58, of Elkins, pulled up beside his vehicle and threatened to kill him. Broughton further stated that Bowers looked at him and said he would “kill him right now,” according to court documents. 

Deputies then said that Bowers told Mayor Broughton that he would “be saving the tax payers’ money by killing him,” and that Broughton’s time was “coming to an end,” before Bowers drove off.

Bowers has been charged with threats of terrorist acts, according to court documents. He is currently being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail. His bail has been set at $50,000.

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