Hobbs is wanted for felony false imprisonment, misdemeanor assault, misdemeanor battery, misdemeanor sexual battery and misdemeanor public nuisance
San Francisco, CA – Today, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced that an arrest warrant has been issued for the arrest of Bill Gene Hobbs. Hobbs is wanted in connection to 14 incidents for numerous crimes committed against multiple women in San Francisco. The arrest warrant issued is for a total of 16 counts including: one count of felony false imprisonment, two counts of misdemeanor assault, six counts of misdemeanor battery, three counts of misdemeanor sexual battery and four counts of misdemeanor public nuisance. The felony false imprisonment charge is punishable by probation up to three years in county jail. For the misdemeanor charges he faces up to six months in county jail per victim.
“I would like to thank the courageous women and men who came forward to share their stories and evidence with authorities so that we could build a case against Mr. Hobbs,” said District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. “Hobbs will be held accountable for the harassment and crimes he committed against women across San Francisco. We will seek pre-trial detention because he is a public safety threat, and we must send a strong message that this type of behavior and harassment will not be tolerated. We will use every legal means available to hold him accountable and seek justice for all of the victims. He will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I encourage the public to immediately call 9-1-1, if they see Mr. Hobbs, so we can move swiftly to hold him accountable.”
The District Attorney’s Office will seek pre-trail detention in this case because of the public safety risk that Hobbs poses. Hobbs has victimized numerous women across the city and less restrictive means are not adequate to protect public safety.
Prosecutors from the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit worked closely with members of the San Francisco Police Department to bring the case against Hobbs. Victim Advocates will be working with all victims that have come forward to offer support and assistance. The District Attorney’s Office encourages any other victims in need of assistance to contact the Victim Services Division so we can provide them the support and services they need.
Although an arrest warrant has been issued, members of the San Francisco Police Department are continuing to investigate other crimes alleged to have been committed by Bill Gene Hobbs. Anyone with information is asked to call the San Francisco Police Department Tip Line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD. You may remain anonymous.