Parolee arrested after allegedly showing up to probation office intoxicated


A man who reported to his parole officer Wednesday ended up in the Johnson County Jail after allegedly showing up intoxicated and threatening officers.

According to a report by the Department of Corrections, 43-year-old Kenneth Hawkins Jr reported to the probation office on Keokuk Street Wednesday, demanding to speak to his probation officer. He allegedly appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant by screaming, pacing, and having irrational speech. He reportedly told probation officers on scene multiple times that he was going to kill someone at the 501  Cross Park complex, escalating to the point of screaming and flailing his arms around. Hawkins also repeated the threat in front of the building.

Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation by offering Hawkins the option of going to GuideLink, but he refused and told officers that they would have to take him to jail. Hawkins attempted to walk away and was told he was going to be arrested.

Hawkins allegedly resisted arrest by attempting to lay down, flailing his arms and head, and almost striking officers several times.

Hawkins was booked into the jail Wednesday morning on the original 1st degree Theft charge; the DOC recommended that he remain there until arrangements could be made to help Hawkins get back into substance abuse and mental health treatments.