UPDATE: Parkersburg man allegedly tried to stab ambulance crew in Kanawha County

Published: Sep. 30, 2019 at 11:45 AM EDT
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UPDATE: 9/30/19

A 27-year-old Parkersburg man was charged with attempted murder in Kanawha County Monday morning after he allegedly tried to stab two paramedics on Saturday.

Richard Thornton was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court on two counts of attempted murder. He remains in the South Central Regional Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond pending a court appearance scheduled for Oct. 2.

According to a criminal complaint, deputies were sent to investigate a suspicious person walking in Elkview near the old Herbert Hoover High School. When the deputy approached him, the man identified himself as Richard Thornton and admitted to being high on methamphetamine and possibly bath salts.

Medics were requested to come to the scene, and Thornton was placed in an ambulance to be taken to the hospital.

On the way, Thornton allegedly unfastened the buckles on the ambulance's cot, and while a medics was trying to treat him, he pulled knife from his pocket and allegedly tried to stab the medic.

After the driver slammed on the brakes and stopped, Thornton allegedly got out of the ambulance through a side door and began to chase the medics with the knife. The medics got away and Thornton was later arrested at a nearby gas station with a pocket knife in his possession.


A man is being charged with two counts of attempted murder after police said he chased paramedics with a knife on the interstate near the Elkview exit Saturday, according to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies say Richard Thornton indicated he was on meth and possibly bath salts near the old Herbert Hoover High School around 7 p.m., WSAZ reported.

Kanawha County medics were taking him to the hospital, but while in the ambulance, he pulled a concealed knife out, police said.

The driver slammed on the brakes, and both medics in the back jumped out. Deputies said Thornton then jumped out of the ambulance and chased one medic on the interstate.

Deputies were able to secure the medic and arrest Thornton.

One medic was taken to the hospital for chest pains after the incident.