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Geneva man, 23, charged with domestic battery after video game loss

Video game loss triggered domestic situation

Jacob Hoffrage was charged with two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery.
Jacob Hoffrage was charged with two misdemeanor counts of domestic battery.

GENEVA – A 23-year-old Geneva man was charged with two counts of misdemeanor domestic battery stemming from losing a video game, according to Geneva police reports.

Jacob F. Hoffrage of the 100 block of Ridge Lane, Geneva, was charged Feb. 8 with domestic battery causing bodily harm and domestic battery making contact of a provoking nature, police and court records show. According to the charging documents, he punched another family member in the face causing a bloody nose.

According to reports, police were called to the address at 1:45 p.m. by an anonymous caller who reported a domestic battery incident occurring there.

When police arrived, they could hear a man yelling obscenities via an open front window, the report stated.

The victim had a bleeding nose and was holding a rag under it to catch the blood, the report stated.

Another member of the household said Hoffrage “was upset about losing a video game and he was out of control,” the report stated. The other household member “also stated (that) Jacob was highly intoxicated as he had been drinking large quantities of alcohol.”

As the officer stepped into the hallway, he could hear Hoffrage screaming, breaking things and punching the door and walls of the room, the report stated.

The officer waited for backup before attempting to go into the bedroom, the report stated, but then,“Jacob burst out of the room and began charging down the hallway directly towards me,” the report stated.

“Jacob was screaming unintelligibly and flailing his arms,” the report stated. “I observed Jacob’s face to be covered with blood from what appeared to be a cut on his forehead.”

The officer grabbed Hoffrage’s shirt to prevent him from returning to his bedroom but Hoffrage flailed his arms, attempted to pull away and screamed insults, obscenities and threats, the report stated.

The officer pushed Hoffrage’s chest against a wall with his left arm secured behind his back while waiting for two other officers to arrive so Hoffrage could be handcuffed, the report stated.

Once handcuffed, Hoffrage went limp but continued to shout obscenities, threats and unintelligible words throughout the incident, the report stated.

After putting him in the squad car, Hoffrage would calm down periodically, then continue to shout and flail about in the back of the squad car, the report stated.

Officers asked him if he wanted paramedics to evaluate the cut on his face, but Hoffrage responded with more threats, shouts and obscenities.

Hoffrage was initially to be charged with two counts of domestic battery, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct, the report stated.

But shortly after bringing Hoffrage to the police station, household members called and said they did not want to pursue charges of disorderly conduct or property damage, the report stated.

Hoffrage calmed down in the booking room enough so he could be uncuffed; officers gave him a wet paper towel so he could clean the blood off his face; and he agreed to have a medic respond to evaluate his wound, the report stated.

But as soon as Hoffrage was informed that he would be charged with two counts of domestic battery, “Jacob again began to scream and yell. Jacob refused to submit to fingerprints or a mug shot photograph,” the report stated.

Officers told Hoffrage that he would have to submit to both in order to post bail and he agreed to proceed with the booking process, the report stated.

A condition of Hoffrage’s release on bail was that he was to have no contact with the household member who was injured and no entry at the house in the 100 block of Ridge Lane, court records show.

Hoffrage was also ordered to surrender firearms and not to consume drugs or alcohol as a condition of bail, records show.

The domestic battery charges are Class A misdemeanors, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and/or fines of up to $2,500 if convicted.

A public defender was appointed to represent Hoffrage; he is scheduled to appear in court March 25.

Hoffrage also faces a Dec. 17 charge of driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08%. According to an Elburn officer's sworn statement, Hoffrage's blood alcohol content was 0.138%. He is to return to court March 25 on that charge as well, court records show.

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