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56-year-old City of Dickson Police Captain Ronald Hobson is on administrative leave after being jailed in Nashville Saturday, charged with a felony aggravated assault that sent a man to the hospital. Hobson was attending the Kid Rock concert at Bridgestone Arena. According to a half-dozen witnesses who observed the incident, Hobson was standing at his seat neat the first row of section 102 and refused to sit down despite person after person telling him he was blocking their view of the concert. Another blocked patron, Gilbert Keifer, was two rows behind Hobson and also asked him to sit down as he was obstructing the view. Hobson then began a verbal argument with the victim. This quickly escalated as Hobson pushed him and grabbed him in a “full Nelson choke hold” before briefly releasing him. Hobson then grabbed him a second time and threw him down a set of stairs and over the railing. After the victim was on the ground, the police Captain then walked o him and kicked him several times while he was on the ground, unable to move. Police spoke with over a half-dozen witnesses who confirmed all of the events.
In a statement to Scoop: Nashville, the Dickson Police Department stated they are “aware of an incident involving one of its detectives at a concert in Nashville Saturday, July 8. Per department policy, Capt. Ron Hobson has been placed on administrative leave pending resolution of the investigation. A 20-year veteran of the department, Capt. Hobson is part of the Criminal Investigations/Narcotics Division.”
Ronald Lynn Hobson of Old Nashville HWY in Mcewen, TN, was booked into the Metro Nashville Jail on July 8th, charged with aggravated assault. He is free on a $7,500 cash bond.