The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 21, 2013

Arrest made in connection with recent bomb threats

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— The Beckley Police Department arrested a 26-year-old man Saturday morning for multiple bomb threats made at the Beckley Walmart.

Travis Lee Persinger, of Fayetteville, made a total of five bomb threats since Sept. 11, according to Detective M.G. Bragg, and he is being charged with three of those counts.

The investigation pointed to Persinger, and Bragg said he agreed to come to the police department and give a statement.

“The suggested motive was that the threats were made out of boredom,” Bragg said. “He said he wanted to get out of work.”

Bragg said Persinger is an employee inside the bank at the Beckley Walmart.

Persinger was awaiting arraignment and transportation to Southern Regional Jail at noon Saturday. Bragg said his case will go before Raleigh County Magistrate Court for a preliminary hearing.

Persinger could face one to three years in prison for each of the three charges, as well as fines and restitution for each day the building was evacuated, causing a loss of business.