Scott Brian Haven, 54, of Utah, has been arrested on accusations that he threatened to kill members of Congress over a period of three years, Haven made over 2,000 phone calls to the U.S. Capitol leaving messages filled with profanity and threats to Democratic leaders, who he saw as threatening Donald Trump’s presidency.
In a phone call, Haven made just last month to an unnamed U.S. representative Haven threatened that he would” be standing right behind him and ready to shoot him in the head” because “the Russians want him taken out because he is trying to remove a duly elected President.” Haven then added “I’m going to do it now, are you ready?” before hanging up, prosecutors allege.
Haven was arrested on Tuesday in Kaysville, Utah, which is his hometown. He has been charged with interstate transmission of threats to injure.
Haven has no previous criminal history and has a court-appointed attorney, Robert Steele.
During his initial hearing, which was held on Wednesday, Haven was ordered by U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Paul M. Warner to remain in jail pending the outcome of his case. The magistrate stated he would remain in jail because he was a “danger to the community.”
According to charging documents that were released on Wednesday, Haven often alluded to him and other gun owners taking matters into their own hands.
The documents show that in September of 2018 he told a staffer for an unnamed senator that there were “far more Second Amendment people than whiny, crying liberals.”
He then called the same senator’s office again in September and stated that “We will exercise our Second Amendment rights to address Democrat mobs that threaten conservatives,” the documents show.
Haven also threatened to cut off the heads of two senators in another call. According to the court documents Haven called a senator’s office on May 17, 2018, and said “he would like to slice [Senator 1]’s head off and [Senator 2]’s head, too,” the complaint states, adding it was one of 32 times Haven called the Capitol Switchboard on that day.
In a different call, he identified himself as Hitler and yelled into the phone several times that he would “put a bullet” in the head of the senator.
The court documents do not include the names of the U.S. representatives that Haven threatened.
Melodie Rydalch, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah, stated on Thursday that she could not provide details beyond what had been released in the legal documents.
Haven was confronted about the phone calls last summer by a federal law enforcement agent. Haven threatened to “beat up” the agent. He also denied making the phone calls and told the agent if he needed someone to investigate, he should be looking into the members of Black Lives Matter.
The complaint against Haven includes phone records that show 1,499 calls to the Capitol Switchboard from a phone identified as Havens between May 17 and Oct. 29, 2018. Also, AT&T records showed another 850 calls made from the same number to the switchboard between May 1 and May 28 of this year.
Haven’s next court date has been set for June 13. If convicted, Haven could face five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
The released court documents can be viewed here.