SALT LAKE CITY — A Kaysville man is being held at the Weber County Jail after he was arrested this week for allegedly phoning in threats to kill several members of Congress.
A complaint filed in a Utah federal court accuses Scott Brian Haven, 54, of one count of interstate transmission of threats to injure. The complaint against Haven was filed under seal on Monday, June 3, which details the alleged threats he called into congressional offices in Washington, D.C.
The federal complaint alleges that Haven called the office of a U.S. Representative and said he was “going to shoot him in the head, I’m going to do it now, are you ready?” then ended the call. That call was allegedly was placed on May 23 of this year.
The first alleged threat phoned in by Haven took place on Jan. 17, 2017, when he allegedly said a U.S. Representative “ought to be shot.”
Another threat allegedly made by Haven was called in on May 17, 2018, where he reportedly made calls to Capitol offices 32 times. In one call, Haven allegedly said “he would like to slice (Senator 1)’s head off and (Senator 2)’s head too.”
In the following weeks, on June 6, 2018, the same senator’s office transferred a call from the same person, believed to be Haven, who made the May 17 threat to the U.S. Capitol Police. Despite the agent telling the caller he was a federal agent, Haven allegedly called the agent an explicit name several times. Haven allegedly told the agent to come arrest him, and threatened to “beat the s- — out of you just for trying,” the complaint says.
On Sept. 18, 2018, Haven allegedly called the same senator’s office and was yelling about his political views.
“Congressional staff stated that the caller was agitated, and yelling about ‘Democrats trying to destroy Trump’s presidency,’” the complaint indicated.
The calls got to the point that FBI agents visited Haven at his Kaysville home on Nov. 13, 2018. Haven allegedly admitted to making the threatening phone calls, reportedly saying that “the phone calls were made during periods of frustration with the way Democrats were treating President Trump,” the complaint says. He allegedly said “several times” that Democrats were trying to steal elections in Florida, Georgia and Arizona and “nobody was going to do anything about it.”
He also allegedly told the FBI agents that he would stop making the calls to Congress. However, the complaint alleges that he did not stop.
In a call placed on April 25, a caller believed to be Haven identified himself as “Hitler” said he would put a bullet in the head of an unnamed U.S. Senator. When the staffer asked the caller, believed to be Haven, if he was aware he was threatening a United States Senator, Haven allegedly said “I don’t care if he’s a senator, telling him he needs a bullet in his f---- — head.”
In another call placed on Jan. 31, Haven allegedly asked a staffer “you really enjoy killing babies, huh?” before calling the staffer an expletive name.
After receiving a number of threats, federal investigators were able to obtain phone records that allegedly revealed the number belonged to Haven, and showed his home address as a location in Kaysville.
In total, Haven allegedly threatened five senators, five representatives and former Secretary of State John Kerry, according to the complaint.
Between May 17 and Oct. 29, 2018, Haven allegedly placed 1,499 calls to the Capitol Switchboard. In less than a month, from May 1 to May 28 of 2019, AT&T records show that the phone number registered to Haven made 850 calls were made to the Capitol Switchboard.
During a hearing Wednesday in Salt Lake City’s federal court, the court ordered that Haven be held in the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service until the outcome of his case. Magistrate Judge Paul Warner ruled that Haven was a danger to the community, which warranted his pretrial detention.
As of Thursday morning, he was being held in the Weber County Jail.
Haven’s next court appearance is set for an arraignment on June 13 in U.S. District Court for the District of Utah in Salt Lake City.