A Berlin man accused of threatening to kill Vice-President Mike Pence earlier this month will remain behind bars, for at least another day, a U.S. District Judge decided Tuesday.
William Robert Dunbar, 22, appeared Tuesday for a detention hearing scheduled to consider conditions for his release, but federal prosecutors, who took over the case last week, requested – and received – a stay on the matter, after petitioning the courts to keep him behind bars in Cambria County Prison for another 24 hours based on their worries Dunbar is a flight risk or might pose a threat to a witness or obstruct justice in other ways.
Dunbar was originally charged by police Sept. 8 – just days before Pence appeared in Somerset County to mark the anniversary of 9/11 and the Flight 93 crash. Richland Township police say Dunbar, a local National Guardsman, was on duty at the Army National Guard Training Center and said, “If someone pays me enough money, I will kill the vice president.”
According to police, witnesses contacted commanding officers after they heard Dunbar make the threat twice.