A Tucker man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a slate of criminal charges, including assaulting a Cobb police captain in 2016, according to the Cobb District Attorney’s office.
Christian Avery Hobby, 28, pleaded guilty on Feb. 6 to charges in three separate indictments, Kim Isaza, spokesperson for the DA’s office, said Tuesday.
The charges in the most recent indictment stem from June 23, 2016, when Cobb police were called to check on reports of a suspicious person near Hickory Grove Road in Acworth, Isaza said. Two officers made contact with Hobby, but he ran from them and was later found in the woods nearby.
Cobb Police Capt. J. Bullock found Hobby and started to put him in handcuffs when Hobby attacked, hitting the police captain repeatedly in the face with a heavy object, possibly a railroad spike, before running away again, Isaza said.
A K-9 unit found Hobby in the same woods a short time later, Isaza said.
Capt. Bullock’s eye was swollen shut after the attack, and he required a dozen stiches to close wounds in his lip and nose.
Hobby pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, aggravated battery, felony obstruction, giving false information and two counts of misdemeanor obstruction related to the incident, Isaza said.
He also pleaded guilty to aggravated stalking after he contacted a woman in violation of a temporary protective order two days before the incident with Bullock, as well as child cruelty for beating his 2-year-old son in May 2016, which left the child’s upper thigh bruised, Isaza said.
“The message from this case is clear,” Assistant DA David Williamson said. “Those who commit acts of violence – particularly against law enforcement officers – will be vigorously prosecuted.”
Hobby was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison on Monday by Cobb Superior Court Judge LaTain Kell.