Prior to Vice President Mike Pence’s scheduled speech on Monday in Shanksville, Pa., for the annual observance of the Flight 93 crash on 9/11, a local National Guardsman made several threats that landed him in jail.
William Robert Dunbar, 22, of Berlin, Pa., has been detained and is now facing charges after police said he threatened to kill Vice President Mike Pence.
Dunbar, who was charged with terroristic threats and disorderly conduct, was first taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown for an evaluation and arraignment before being taken to the Cambria County Prison on Saturday, where he failed to post 10 percent of a $250,000 bail.
According to a criminal complaint, Richland Township police said Dunbar was on duty at the U.S. Army National Guard Training Center in Richland Township when he made threats to kill the vice president on two separate occasions.
“If someone pays me enough money, I will kill the vice president,” police quoted Dunbar as saying in the complaint.
Richland Township police allege that Dunbar was on duty at the Army National Guard Training Center when he made the threats. Witnesses said they contacted commanding officers after they heard Dunbar make the threat twice.
Court documents do not show that he has an attorney, and a listed phone number for Dunbar couldn’t be found on Monday.
Established in Massachusetts in 1636, when ordinary citizens formed militias to defend against hostile attacks, the National Guard is the country’s oldest military branch. The Guard’s citizen-soldiers have served as the nation’s first line of defense since America’s birth and have fought in every major conflict in America’s history, contributing to the organization’s expansive history and invaluable legacy.
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