A man was arrested this week and charged with making terroristic threats against Rainelle bank employees.
According to the criminal complaint completed by Rainelle Police Chief J.P. Stevens, on Saturday, May 14, Elbert L. Bragg Jr., 60, of Quinwood, made three threats over the phone during calls to Summit Community Bank.
Bragg called the bank at 11:03 a.m. and demanded to speak to female employee (Victim no.1) of the bank. The call was transferred to the call center and intercepted by another employee (Victim no. 2), and Bragg again demanded to speak Victim no. 1. Bragg was advised that Victim no. 1 was not working and Bragg began threatening and cursing at Victim no. 2.
Bragg stated that he was going to kill the two victims and blow up the bank. He also stated that he was an FBI agent.
Bragg contacted Summit Bank again on the same date at 12:23 p.m. and spoke to yet another employee, Victim no. 3, demanding to speak with Victim no. 1. When he was advised that she was not working, Bragg said he was outside of the building with a grenade launcher and he was going to blow up the bank. He further stated that if Victim no. 3 hung up on him, he would blow up the bank.
Bragg contacted the bank a third time on May 14, at 12:27 p.m., speaking again to Victim no. 2 and making demands while stating he would blow up the bank if she did not meet his demands.
A warrant for Bragg’s arrest was issued on May 17, and was arrested and sent to Southern Regional Jail. As of press time, he is no longer being held.