Father of man NMSU police warn is armed and dangerous says son is bipolar

Father of man NMSU police warn is armed and dangerous says son is bipolar

POSTED: Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 8:33pm

UPDATED: Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 1:48pm

Kris Havstad, Jonathan Havstad's father, said New Mexico State University's safety advisory Friday that claimed his son was armed and a danger to the NMSU campus is a false alarm.

NMSU campus police warned students Friday to on the lookout for Jonathan Havstad, 34.  According to campus police, Jonathan is upset with NMSU and NMSU Police, and may be attempting to obtain a gun and made statements that he was going to shoot people.

Jonathan's father, Kris Havstad, a scientist at NMSU, spoke with NewsChannel 9 and said his son is bipolar and was reportedly hearing voices, then destroyed his phone and left home.

Jonathan's family is worried he was not taking his medication so they reached out to the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department to be on the lookout since Jonathan did not have a phone.  Campus police then alerted NMSU Police. 

Havstad said the university's alert created unnecessary panic in the community, and also said his son is now getting death threats. 

The Havstad family said they requested a formal missing person's report, but have yet to find Jonathan.

"This is a human being.  He's not a threat to anyone. We simply want assistance and help to get him in the correct medical care that's here, and he can be and has been a productive member of this community," said Kris Havstad.

Kris said Jonathan was previously a successful programmer at White Sands Missile Range, but resigned last year because he was having manic episodes more often. 

Kris said law enforcement tracked the license plate number to the red Scion Jonathan was driving and determined it was 20 miles north of NMSU well before the warning went out.

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