Gladstone man accused of chasing teen with hatchet, threatening to kill him

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February 07 2021 05:30 pm
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GLADSTONE, Mo. -- A Gladstone man faces two felony charges - accused of threatening a 13-year-old boy with a hatchet.

The threat happened on Tuesday in Gladstone, and the victim's mother said on Wednesday that she's grateful her son survived.

CJ Jones said he was walking down the street with some friends to pick up another friend to go play basketball, when he says out of nowhere, 21-year-old Joseph Havner started yelling at him and chasing him. Court documents show that Havner accused CJ of stealing $40 from his house four months ago.

Then, according to court documents, Havner admitted to chasing CJ around with a hatchet. Havner also says he told CJ that he would mess him up every time he saw him in public until CJ gave his money back. He also threatened to kill the 13-year-old.

CJ says he called his mom out of fear to ask for help.

"I could see it in his eyes- he wasn't kidding. He tried to throw it straight at me," said Clarence Jones. "I was scared. My adrenaline was pumping and I was shaking a lot."

Police showed up; CJ's mother believes a neighbor called them after Havner hit a neighbor's mailbox.

The Clay County Prosecutor's Office has charged Havner with second degree felony assault and armed criminal action. CJ's mom says she won't feel comfortable allowing the teenager out of the house any time soon.

Havner is being held on a $10,000 bond, and is due in court on Thursday afternoon.



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