Johnny Carson York Jr. was arrested for allegedly threatening his parents with an ax and a bow and arrow in West Virginia last week. The 45-year-old man chases his parents, later admitting to deputies that he “had to kill them to get the demons out.”

York was reportedly frustrated with his family after they asked him to take items out to the shed. He then tried to harm his parents at their Bramwell home. Bramwell is a small town near West Virginia’s southern border.

Johnny Carson York Jr. was arrested in Mercer County after allegedly chasing his parents with a maul ax and a bow and arrow. He was charged with malicious assault, brandishing a weapon and destruction of property.
Johnny Carson York Jr. was arrested in Mercer County after allegedly chasing his parents with a maul ax and a bow and arrow. He was charged with malicious assault, brandishing a weapon, and destruction of property. Photo Credit: WV Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority

Deputies with the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene after Johnny Carson York Jr.’s parents alerted the authorities that their son was trying to kill them. York allegedly attempted to shoot the pair with a bow and arrow but was unsuccessful, local reports claimed. The situation had escalated after York had chased his parents around the house.

When deputies arrived, they learned that Johnny Carson York Jr. had become enraged after an unidentified family member asked him to put things away in the shed before it started to rain. The suspect reportedly threw a lighter at that family member. He then grabbed a maul ax and chased both his parents.

York’s parents evaded York and were able to call 911. While on the phone, York tried to shoot them with a bow and arrow. It wasn’t clear if he fired an arrow and missed, or was unsuccessful altogether.

According to the family members, the incident was part of a series of scary moments involving Johnny Carson York Jr. Family members reported filed a Domestic Violence Prevention Order against York after he destroyed their TV earlier that day. Law enforcement had not yet served the order which is why York was still present in the home.

When police questions York, he admitted that “I had to kill them to get the demons out.” He also explained that “I feel like I have to kill everyone I see.” Online jail records showed that York was taken to Southern Regional Jail on malicious assault charges among others. He was also booked for brandishing a weapon and destruction of property.

York was booked on Aug. 27. Bail has not been set. It wasn’t immediately clear if York has legal representation. As of Wednesday, York had not pled to the charges against him.

Bramwell, WV is a “tiny, historic town,” according to its website. It “sits on a peninsula of the Bluestone River.” The small town is part of Mercer County, which is “located in the heart of Appalachia” and “has a population of nearly 60,000 residents that are hardworking, resilient, and dedicated to the community.”

A picture of Mercer County was shared to Twitter.

According to its crime statistics, Mercer County has an overall crime rate of 1,315 per 100,000 residents, compared to a crime rate of 4,506 for the United States. Its murder rate is 5.1 compared to 6 in the United States. Its other crime stats are especially low compared to the country as a whole. It was also reported that the crime rate for Mercer County has been decreasing over the last couple of years.