Hemet police officer pleads not guilty to assault charges – Press Enterprise

Hemet police Officer Jacob Alan Hobson, 29, pleaded not guilty to assault charges on Aug. 21, 2023, after prosecutors say he caused a brain injury in a woman he was arresting. (Courtesy of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

The Hemet police officer facing assault charges after prosecutors say he inflicted a brain injury on a woman while arresting her pleaded not guilty on Monday, Aug. 21, Superior Court records show.

At the Banning Justice Center, Jacob Alan Hobson, 29, pleaded not guilty to two counts of assault likely to cause great bodily injury and one count of assault under color of authority. He also denied two sentencing enhancements of causing a person to become comatose or permanently paralyzed.

Hobson is out of custody after posting bail. He is on leave from the department.

His attorney, Kasey Castillo, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

On July 23, Hemet police said, Hobson noticed a group of people behind a gas station in the 1700 block of West Florida Avenue and learned that a woman had a felony warrant out for her arrest. The woman resisted Hobson’s attempt to handcuff her, and that’s when he used force against her, a news release said.

Police have not described the force nor have they released the body-worn camera video of the arrest.

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