Brooksville Police captain arrested in battery incident at Christmas party

1:48 PM, Jan 7, 2014   |    comments
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Spring Hill, Florida -- Brooksville Police Captain Richard Hankins was charged with battery following an investigation into an incident at a Christmas party on Dec. 22.

Hernando Sheriff's deputies responded to call about a battery at a home in Spring Hill where Fred Taclik claimed Captain Hankins battered him while they were both guests at the party.

An investigation into the allegations was conducted that weekend and detectives determined there was enough evidence to support Taclik's claim and an arrest warrant was issued for Hankins.

Then, on Dec. 23, Brooksville Police Chief George Turner met with Sheriff Nienhuis and relayed unconfirmed reports that additional information may be available that could impact the investigation. So, later that day, a detective re-interviewed the witnesses.

The investigation wrapped up on Jan. 3, and detectives determined the warrant issued was correct and Captain Hankins' attorney was contacted. Hankins turned himself later that afternoon at the Sumter County Detention Center. He bonded out shortly after.


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