PRESTONSBURG — An elderly man with no history of criminal behavior is behind bars today, after allegedly assaulting a sheriff’s deputy and threatening to blow up the Old Floyd County Courthouse.
Witnesses say that Joe Hall, 72, of Minnie, entered the Floyd County Attorney’s office Tuesday and demanded money he was owed by a man he could not identify. Hall claimed someone owed him $300 from several years prior.
According to Assistant County Attorney, Tyler Green, when another attorney in the office tried to explain to Hall that the statute of limitations had likely run out on his claim, he allegedly made a statement to the effect that “he would get his money or blow the place up.”
When a sheriff’s deputy was called in to check on the scene, Hall “took a swing” at the deputy and was then placed under arrest, Green said. Hall’s person and vehicle were searched, and no evidence of explosive material was found.
Green suggested that he believed Hall’s threat was idle, but added that such threats “are something we have to take seriously.”
Hall was charged with one count of second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, terroristic threatening, and third-degree assault on a police officer. Hall is currently being held in the Floyd County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash bond.
He was arraigned Wednesday in Floyd District Court in front of District Judge Jimmy R. Marcum.
Green said that due to Hall’s outburst taking place in the county attorney’s office, a special prosecutor will be assigned to the case.