Man Accused of Holding Wife Captive at Gunpoint

By: Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Jennifer Rizzi Email

BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Sheriff's Deputies say a woman living in the town of Comfort was actually living in danger.

They say Bobby Parsons held his wife captive for hours at gunpoint inside their home along Gray Street.

Parsons waved a gun at her while making violent threats, according to deputies. They say she was held against her will there Monday night into Tuesday morning.

The home is just a mile from Sherman Elementary School, where deputies say they used a parking lot to help stage Parson's arrest.

Parsons is 73 years old. Investigators say he may be suffering from dementia.

Prosecutors say cases like these where the suspect's mental health is questioned are treated differently in court.

"They may be sent off for a period of time to one of the state mental health facilities," Prosecutor Keith Randolph said. "If that happens and they come back, they may be tried in a case. The jury would have to decide if they're guilty, not guilty, or not guilty by reason of insanity."

Neighbors say the show of violence on their quiet street feels nothing short of insanity.

"The people here are good, nice people," Quentin Dolin said. "I was in the big city for a long time, where you take these things with a grain of salt. Then you come back here, where you used to be safe, and you hear about it."

Deputies say Parson's wife was able to call for help after she finally escaped.

They convinced Parsons to surrender when they arrived. They say no shots were fired at any point.


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