Haven Faces Charges After Pair Held At Gunpoint At His Home

Friday, February 15, 2013
Dominick Haven
Dominick Haven

Dominick Haven is facing charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated assault and unlawfully carrying a weapon after two people said he held them hostage at gunpoint inside his home at 1259 Lester Lane.

Police were summoned to the home of the 31-year-old Haven early in the morning on Thursday.

Officers set up a perimeter around the house and tried to coax him out. He finally came out the back door.

Police were told that Haven had flagged Calvin Steele down in his driveway and got into an argument with him because Haven "does not like the neighbors who live in front of him."

Haven then told Steele he was going to kill all his neighbors, including him, it was stated.

He then forced Steele into his car at gunpoint and they went to get some Krystal hamburgers. They returned to the Haven home so that  Mr. Steele could fix a computer that he (Steele) had allegedly broken.

Leslie Sandridge was also in the house.

Both people said they were held against their will and that Haven would not let them leave. Police said Haven was not suppose to be around Ms. Sandridge because of a previous altercation.

He is a convicted felon and is not supposed to be in possession of a gun, police said. Officers found a rifle and many rounds of ammunition in the house.

Police said Mr. Steele was able to run out the back door and into some woods during the incident, but that Ms. Sandridge was still a hostage when Havens came out the door.

Haven was arrested for aggravated assault two weeks earlier. He faced a charge of attempted murder last October.

He was given a suspended sentence in February of last year after pleading guilty to two counts of harassment.

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