A resident of the Accoville area of Logan County was arrested recently after he allegedly left a threatening letter on a vehicle.
On Oct. 19, Trooper S.P. Bowling, with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), reportedly received a dispatch concerning a threatening letter that had been left on a vehicle.
Upon arrival on the scene, Bowling reports victims presented him with a Subway napkin with words written in red marker. The note reportedly threatened to drug a victim to the point of unconsciousness.
Victims reportedly advised Bowling the note had been left by Stephen Antonio Tura, 21, of Accoville, W.Va..
Bowling and Trooper T.J. Hannon, with the WVSP, were able to make contact with Tura who allegedly admitted to leaving the note out of anger. The criminal complaint filed by Bowling outlines that Tura was told to cease the harassment saying, “…[Bowling] informed the defendant he was not under arrest at this time, but ordered the defendant cease the harassment…”
On Oct. 10, Bowling reports he received a complaint from a victim claiming Tura had threatened to come to their home with a gun. Bowling was able to obtain an audio-recorded statement from a witness who claimed they saw Tura in the road screaming he would, “get a gun and go to [the victim’s] house.”
Bowling was also reportedly able to record a statement from a witness who stated they gave Tura a ride to the victim’s home where he left a note on a vehicle.
Tura is charged with a misdemeanor count of stalking. If he is found guilty, Tura could be forced to spend up to six months in a state correctional facility and pay up to $1,000 in fines. Bond was set to $30,000.
Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]