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Eric Hufstetler

Hufstetler, Eric Dwayne

Date of Booking:

Reason(s) For Booking:
Simple Assault

Aggravated Assault

Officer’s Narrative:
[Please note: The following is a direct transcription from the official initial incident report. The Georgia Gazette does not fix any spelling or grammatical errors that may exist. Any changes or redactions made by our staff are placed inside brackets. Some errors may exist. All subjects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. The topics discussed may be sensitive to some readers. Discretion is advised.]

At approximately 1811 hours on Saturday, October 22rd, 2022 I was dispatched to [100 BLOCK] Smiley Ingram Road, in Cartersville, Georgia, regarding an aggravated assault.

Upon arrival, I spoke with Victim, [VICTIM #1], who stated Suspect/Arrestee, Eric Hufstetler, assaulted him.

[VICTIM #1] said he observed Eric using his tiller which was never given to him. [VICTIM #1] said the tiller is a multicolored STIHL brand tiller that belonged to him. [VICTIM #1] said he went to speak to Eric regarding the tiller. [VICTIM #1] said he asked Eric if he could have his tiller back. [VICTIM #1] said Eric became irate and told him he was going to kick his a*s and yelled expletives at [VICTIM #1].

[VICTIM #1] said due to Eric yelling and making threats of violence he told Eric to return his tiller or he would kick his a*s. [VICTIM #1] said Eric lunged at him while attempting to strike him in the face. [VICTIM #1] said he stepped backward and attempted to strike Eric in self-defense. [VICTIM #1] said Eric ran around the residence and returned seconds later with a rock in his hands. [VICTIM #1] said he was already retreating off of the property which doesn’t belong to Eric. [VICTIM #1] said he armed himself with a rake quickly due to [ERIC] advancing towards him with a rock in his hands and continued to separate himself from Eric.

[VICTIM #1] said he was on the phone with dispatch during the majority of the incident. [VICTIM #1] said Eric relocated inside of the listed suspect vehicle and intentionally accelerated towards [VICTIM #1]’s position attempting to strike him with the vehicle. [VICTIM #1] said he had to move quickly out of the way or he would have gotten run over.

[VICTIM #1] said at no point did he provoke, insult, or incite Eric into a argument or physical dispute. [VICTIM #1] said Eric then ditched his vehicle at a nearby residence and ran due to Law Enforcement being en route to the incident location.

[VICTIM #1] could not show documentation of ownership of the stolen tiller. [VICTIM #1] did wish to pursue criminal charges.

I spoke to Witness, [WITNESS #1], regarding the incident. [WITNESS #1] said he observed Eric getting into the front driver’s side of the vehicle and driving the vehicle while turning the vehicle towards [VICTIM #1] and accelerating intentionally towards him attempting to strike [VICTIM #1] with the vehicle. [WITNESS #1] said if [VICTIM #1] did not move out of the way Eric would have struck [VICTIM #1] with the vehicle. [WITNESS #1] said [VICTIM #1] did not provoke Eric during the incident to where he would have to use his vehicle in self-defense.

I relocated to [200 BLOCK] Smiley Ingram Road, in Cartersville, Georgia, and found the suspect vehicle unoccupied.

Deputy Hall located Eric at [500 BLOCK] Center Road, in Cartersville, Georgia.

I advised Eric of his Miranda Rights to which he did wish to speak to me. Eric denied all allegations of attempting to run over [VICTIM #1] with his vehicle. Eric also said he is the driver of the suspect vehicle. Eric also said he did not steal [VICTIM #1]’s tiller.

The theft charge was unfounded due to not being able to locate the tiller and not being to prove ownership of the stolen item.

Eric was placed under arrest and transported to the Bartow County Adult Detention Center without further incident.

I provided [VICTIM #1] with a case number regarding the incident.

[End of Narrative]