Hawbaker denied bond; now facing four counts of aggravated assault against LEO

Donald F Hawbaker

Don Hawbaker Feb. 4, 2020, booking photo courtesy of the Spalding County Sheriff’s Office

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

Don Hawbaker was on Wednesday denied bond at his first appearance hearing before Spalding County Chief Magistrate Judge Rita Cavanaugh.

The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday obtained four misdemeanor arrest warrants against Hawbaker – one for simple assault alleging he pointed a pistol towards his wife, Gayle Hawbaker and three pertaining to alleged cursing when speaking to two Sheriff’s Office employees and once in a voice message left for a third SCSO employee.

The Sheriff’s Office today sought and was granted four additional felony warrants against Hawbaker, each for a count of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer. These felony warrants relate to a Tuesday afternoon standoff involving the SCSO SWAT Team and other personnel that took place after deputies attempted to serve the initial misdemeanor warrants.

Hawbaker was taken into custody after SWAT operators breached his residence with the SCSO bear cat.

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