WILLIAMSON - A man who turned himself in to Logan County authorities after hearing he was wanted in Mingo County on numerous charges that included daytime burglary, grand larceny and conspiracy was bound over to the Grand Jury after probable cause was found during his preliminary hearing in Magistrate Court Tuesday.
On Wednesday, additional charges were added against the defendant, David Lee Bumbarner, 48, of Mill Creek in Logan County, after he was overheard by a Mingo County Court Marshal and other inmates who were in the holding area of the courthouse making threats against the lives of his arresting officer, Mingo County Sheriff’s Department Joe Smith, and that of his wife.
Bumgarner had been on the run from law enforcement for the last two months after he was identified as the individual who had entered the Laurel Creek residence of Matthew and Tammy Runyon while they were away and allegedly stole six guns, a 46-inch television, a Husqvarna brand chain saw and approximately $2,250 in change and silver coins. The estimated cost of the stolen items totaled $5,650.
A neighbor reported seeing a Jeep Cherokee backed up to the door of the residence the morning of the theft, and pulled alongside the roadway a short distance from the home and wrote down the license number as it drove by him.
He then gave the information to Sgt. Smith who tracked down the owner who relayed to him she had let Bumgarner drive the vehicle. After further investigation, Smith found that the same vehicle was identified as being driven by a male in other theft cases including two that occurred at the Fountain Place Mall Walmart in Logan, and the Southridge Plaza Walmart in Charleston.
Upon his arrest, information was discovered of previous crimes involving thefts that the defendant had allegedly committed in Jackson and Boone Counties, where he had been arraigned and had posted bail in the amounts of $150,000 and $50,000. There are also other outstanding warrants reported to be against the defendant from Kanawha and Raleigh Counties.
While appearing in Mingo County Magistrate Court on Tuesday, the defendant became agitated and upset when Special Magistrate Joey Kohari refused his attorney’s (Diana Carter-Weidel) request for a bond reduction and demanded a preliminary hearing in which Sgt. Smith provided testimony.
When the hearing concluded and Bumgarner was taken to the holding cell to await transport back to the Southwestern Regional Jail (SWRJ) at Holden, he allegedly made threats toward the officer saying, “When I get out of here I’m going to take care of his wife, and then Sgt. Smith.”
Smith obtained a warrant on Wednesday on one count of retaliation against a public officer or employee. The warrant was scheduled to be served on the defendant at the jail and he would then be arraigned on the new charges.
Bumgarner remained incarcerated in the SWRJ as of presstime.