A 62-year-old Ocala man who has been in and out of prison more than a dozen times since 1998 is back behind bars after a crack pipe was found in his pocket during his arrest for allegedly giving a coffee table to a woman during an argument. thrown .
Kevin Ernest Hooker was charged with assaulting a person 65 years of age or older and possession of drug devices following the incident, which took place on January 28. Marion County Prison records show Hooker has had 17 previous arrests, the most recent in July 2020 for possession of crack cocaine and marijuana.
The victim told a Marion County sheriff that she and Hooker were arguing and that he was throwing things around the house. She said at one point that Hooker said he was going to kill her and threw a coffee table at her. The victim said the table would have hit her if she hadn’t moved out of the way. She said she feared for her safety, according to the sheriff’s report.
The sheriff’s deputy tried to talk to Hooker, who was uncooperative and refused to answer questions. He yelled and started walking to the back of the house. The deputy placed Hooker under arrest. An examination of his pockets revealed a clear glass pipe that contained a white powdery residue that tested positive for cocaine in the field, the report said.
Hooker didn’t listen to his Miranda warnings and kept talking about them as the deputy tried to read to him. Later, Hooker spontaneously said the pipe belonged to him and he used it to smoke crack cocaine, the report said.
Hooker was taken to the Mental Health and Addiction Center, where he was detained. He was formally arrested and taken to prison after his release from The Centers on February 1. Hooker is being held on $5,000 bail and will appear in Marion County court on March 9.