UPDATE (9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18): The man who allegedly attacked a person with a knife during an armed robbery at an Elkview McDonald’s has been identified.

According to the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the McDonald’s at the 100 block of Crossings Mall after they were told that a man had been robbed and injured with a knife in the restroom.

According to a release, the victim was followed by a McDonald’s employee into the restroom where he was robbed and stabbed in the face and neck.

The victim was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. KCSO says the victim is in stable condition.

“I would consider it a very viscous and heinous act. The injuries would reflect that,” said Chief Joseph Crawford, KCSO. “It is out of character for that area of the county and that location; So, we like to think that it was an isolated incident.”

31-year-old Richard Thornton, of Elkview, was arrested near the Speedway on the 1000 block of Little Sandy Road. KCSO says that Thornton was still in possession of the victim’s wallet and a bloody fixed-blade knife.

Following the incident, some people told 13 News that they were shocked and concerned.

“I have a grandson that lives just six miles up the road. He’s three years old and I was just petrified that maybe they could’ve been in there when it happened,” said Keyota Jarvis, Crossings Mall Shopper. “It is scary because nothing like that has happened around here recently until yesterday.”

Thornton was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon and malicious wounding.

According to court records, Thornton is serving a one-year probation for attempted malicious wounding of emergency service personnel, effective August 18, 2022. That incident happened in September 2019. 

Thornton was originally charged with two counts of attempted murder in connection to that incident; however, he accepted a plea agreement to dismiss those charges and seek mental health treatment, according to court records.

In February 2019, Thornton was also charged with burglary, but the charge was dismissed.

The McDonald’s Restaurant Owner, John Ebert, released a statement, saying:

“I am extremely disturbed by this behavior and am grateful to those employees who took action and called for medical assistance. My organization has no tolerance for violence of any kind. We took swift action, and I can confirm this individual is no longer employed by my organization. We are fully cooperating with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office in their investigation.”


ELKVIEW, WV (WOWK) — A person was detained after they allegedly attacked a person with a knife during a robbery at the McDonald’s at the Crossings Mall in Elkview.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office says they are on the scene and medics are treating the victim.

The names of the parties involved have not been released at this time.

This is a developing story. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.