CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Authorities say a Dunbar man threatened Kanawha County Delegate Doug Skaff and employees at his cousin's medical office.
Charleston police arrested John Curtis Dawson Sunday. Dawson, 64, allegedly called the Kanawha City office of Dr. Lee Ann Skaff, a cousin of the local lawmaker and threatened several people.
Dawson "was screaming about Doug Skaff running for governor, and made threats that he will not allow Doug Skaff to take office," according to a criminal complaint.
He also allegedly threatened one of Dr. Skaff's employees by name and everyone at the office. Dawson said he had a .22-caliber gun, he would come to the office and "they know what he would do," according to the complaint.
Dawson also reportedly said he knows the mafia and what it can do, and that he wanted to die.
Dr. Skaff's office was "locked down" because of the threat, according to the report. She did not return a phone message Monday.
Delegate Skaff said he was in Morgantown this weekend and didn't learn of the threat until Monday morning. He feels sorry for those at his cousin's medical office: after speaking with his cousin, Skaff said everyone involved was safe but "shaken up."
"You don't expect personal threats against you, especially when someone threatens your life," Skaff said. "You have to take it very seriously."