MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon man has been charged with making threats that resulted in a local nursing home going on lockdown.

Justin M. Haught, 32, is charged in Mount Vernon Municipal Court with aggravated menacing, inducing panic and domestic violence.

The charges stem from Friday. According to Knox County Sheriff’s reports, a family member of Haught’s who is a resident at a Mount Vernon nursing home told staff that Haught had made a threat that he was going to buy a gun, and had a list of people he was going to shoot. The resident received the information the previous evening from his wife, according to sheriff’s reports. The resident said he had an argument with Haught Nov. 27.

After receiving the information, the nursing home went on lockdown and contacted the sheriff’s office. The nursing home said it could not lift the lockdown until the person making the threats was in custody.

Haught was located at his residence and denied making the threats, “or that he didn’t mean it,” according to reports. Reports indicate that Haught had not purchased a gun.

Haught was arrested and taken to the Knox County Jail, where he was held on a $5,000 bond. Haught was given a recognizance bond Monday, with conditions that he not possess firearms and stay away from the nursing home.


Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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