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SIMPLE BATTERY – FAMILY VIOLENCE
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On July 30th, 2022, I was dispatched to the Jekyll Island Campground in reference to a domestic dispute. The information stated that the victim Ms. [VICTIM #1] was trapped inside of the camper and the suspect (Mr. Christopher Hocking), was not allowing her to leave. It was also reported that there was possibly a weapon in the camper but the victim did not know where it was.
Upon arrival to Campsite G-17, I walked up to a camper and noticed Ms. [VICTIM #1] sitting/laying on the bed, and Mr. Hocking sitting beside the bed. I knocked on the door with my flashlight and announced Georgia State Patrol. Mr. Hocking started toward the door and I asked to see his hands. He displayed his hands for me to see while he opened the door. I asked him to step out of the camper and tell me what happened. He stated there was nothing physical that went on and was slurring his words the entire time he was talking.
I then asked Ms. [VICTIM #1] to come to the door. Ms. [VICTIM #1] stated that she was upset with Mr. Hocking because of a picture he took. She stopped speaking with him prior to this incident but decided to pick him up from dinner because she felt bad for leaving him. Ms. [VICTIM #1] stated that her [REDACTED BY AGENCY] were swollen with a small scratch on the skin, small visible cut on her [REDACTED BY AGENCY] and pain in her [REDACTED BY AGENCY] area.
She said that at one point he was on top of her, and she struck Mr. Hocking in the face a couple of times to get him off her. I then asked Mr. Hocking if he got hit anywhere. He said he was struck a couple of times, once in the left temple, and once in the right side of the face. I asked him if he was on top of her at this point and he stated no that he was on the side of her. When asked why she would do this Mr. Hocking stated, “because I called her out.” I noticed that Mr. Hocking’s nose had been bleeding but looked to be dried.
At this point, I separated the couple and received both of their licenses. While I was running their information, EMS arrived on scene. I spoke with EMS and asked if they could check both individuals out. After running their information, I spoke with Mr. Hocking and told him that he was under arrest for simple battery. I placed handcuffs on Mr. Hockings and placed him in the back of my patrol vehicle. I then informed Ms. [VICTIM #1] that due to marks on Mr. Hocking that I would also have to place her under arrest. Ms. [VICTIM #1] stated that she had video evidence of Mr. Hocking being the aggressor. I told Ms. [VICTIM #1] to show me the videos.
Upon seeing the videos, it clearly shows Mr. Hocking grabbing Ms. [VICTIM #1] by the ankle and trying to pull her off the bed. There were multiple videos and pictures of the interaction between both. Since the videos showed Mr. Hocking being the aggressor, I informed Ms. [VICTIM #1] that she would not be going to jail. I told Ms. [VICTIM #1] that I would need the evidence sent to my email. Ms. [VICTIM #1] stated that she did not want to press charges. I told her to go back inside and that I was waiting for another unit to transport Mr. Hocking.
After checking both individuals, EMS left the scene. Mr. Hocking stated that he had evidence on Ms. [VICTIM #1], when asked if it was from tonight or this incident, he stated that it was not. I informed him that if it was not from tonight then I would not be examining the evidence.
Glynn County Police Officer Shawn Roberts arrived on scene, and I explained the situation and asked if he could transport Mr. Hockings to Glynn County Detention Center. He agreed and we transferred Mr. Hocking to Officer Roberts’ patrol vehicle. I then explained to Ms. [VICTIM #1] that there was counseling if she needed it. I then explained to Mr. Hocking again why he was being arrested. Officer Roberts then left the scene. I left the scene shortly after.
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