Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 24, 2013

Guns seized from suspect in domestic violence case

By Michael R. Moser

CROSSVILLE — A neighbor disarmed a man reportedly involved in a domestic violence situation who may have been under the influence of an intoxicant after inhaling glue, and responding deputies recovered a shotgun and shells in the trunk of the suspect’s car.

Charged with felony aggravated domestic assault, three counts of reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, possession of a legend drug and inhaling or possession of glue, gas or aerosol is Vestlee Ray Lakens, 50, 8025 Hwy. 127 S.

The incident took place May 15 at a residence on Cumberland Dr., according to reports filed by Deputies Avery Aytes and Mac Judkins. No one was hurt in the incident.

Deputies were dispatched to the residence after a woman complained that her ex-husband was on the property. The woman told deputies she heard a horn blowing from a vehicle in her driveway. She opened the front door to see who it was, and her ex-husband exited the vehicle and walked toward her front door, armed with a handgun.

A neighbor who heard the horn blowing came across the street to investigate and, upon seeing Lakens armed, took the handgun away from him.

Aytes wrote that when he arrived, he found the suspect sitting in his vehicle with ammunition in the glove box and a sack of model car glue beside him with one empty tube. In the trunk of Lakens’ car, deputies found a .12 gauge shotgun and ammunition.

Lakens was placed under $21,000 bond and is to appear in Cumberland County General Sessions Court on June 10 to answer the charges.