CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Boone County man who may suffer from dementia was arrested after allegedly holding his wife at gunpoint for hours in their home.
Bobby Ray Parsons, 73, was arrested early Tuesday afternoon after Boone sheriff's deputies talked him out of his Comfort area home.
Boone Chief Deputy Chad Barker said deputies began investigating after it was reported that Parsons held his wife at gunpoint in the home from Monday night into Tuesday morning when she was able to escape.
"At this time, it appears Parsons may suffer from Dementia or some other type of mental issues," Barker said in an email Tuesday. "We are working with the prosecutor and mental health care professionals to ensure the proper steps are taken to get Parsons the care he needs."
Parsons was arrested for wanton endangerment with a firearm. There had been a possibility early Tuesday of adding a kidnapping charge but Prosecutor Keith Randolph said later that afternoon that there was no probable cause to warrant the additional charge.
Randolph commended the sheriff's department for their work, specifically Lt. David Sutphin who worked to earn Parsons' trust over the telephone to convince him to come out of his home peacefully. No shots were fired.
Officers used a parking lot at Sherman Elementary School, which is about a mile from Parsons' home, as a staging area. The school had been notified of the situation and no one at the school was ever in any danger, Barker said.
Randolph said his office would handle the situation with Parsons' possible illness appropriately.
Parsons was arraigned Tuesday on the single felony wanton endangerment charge. He was free on bond Tuesday evening.