13-yr-old Gladstone boy chased by man trying to hit him with hatchet

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GLADSTONE, Mo. — Clay County prosecutors charged Joseph Havner, 21, with assault and armed criminal action after a 13-year-old says Havner chased him with a hatchet.

According to the probable cause statement, the teen said he was walking past Havner’s residence with two friends when Havner accused him of stealing $40 several months ago. The boy says he told Havner he didn’t know what he was talking about. Havner then reportedly ran towards him and attempted to strike him with a closed fist.

The boy said Havner then grabbed a hatchet from his yard and began running towards him again. The teen said he was scared and ran in the opposite direction, where he hid behind an SUV and called his mom.

His mother told police that she rushed to the location at N.E. 64th Street and N. Broadway, where she says she saw Havner attempt to hit her son with a closed fist. She said she confronted Havner who she said stated, “I will hit a bitch, too.”

A neighbor reported seeing Havner running after the boy with a hatchet. He ran over to Havner, took the hatchet and hid it at the side of the house.

Police say that during their interview with Havner, he waived his right to remain silent. Police say he told them he ‘snapped.’  Police say they asked Havner what he intended to do to the boy and they say he said, ‘To be honest, I was going to kill him.’

The punishment for assault is 2-7 years in prison and a fine of $5,000-$20,000.

The punishment for armed criminal action is 3 years in prison.

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