NORTHERN AUGUSTA, SC (WJBF) – North Augusta Department of Public Safety officers were sent to the Riverview Park Activity Center for an assault during a basketball game.
In a youth basketball game, Eric Jarome Mobley, 52, of Covington, Ga., Allegedly stepped down from the stands, went to the basketball court and punched a young player in the face with his fist. According to a witness, Mr. Mobley then drove off in a gray sedan.
An officer stopped Mobley on Buena Vista Avenue and questioned him about the incident. Mobley admitted to being at court and leaving the stands. He said his son was playing the basketball game. He said the other team received a hard play penalty. Mobley claimed that a player from the opposing team was making fun of his son and when he left the stands to go to court and help his son another player hit him.
The officer was able to retrieve security footage showing Mobley exiting the stands while play was stopped for a foul. Mobley walked across the yard towards his son and the teams gathered. The crowd of players made their way to the stands. Mobley is seen in the video on the edge of the crowd. Video shows the victim moving through the crowd towards Mobley. Mobley is then seen hitting the victim. A fight then breaks out between the two teams. A few minutes later, the coaches and officials separate the teams and clean the gymnasium.
North Augusta Parks and Recreations staff placed Mobley on a trespass notice. An officer issued the trespassing notice and told Mobley that a warrant application would be made for the assault.
The victim’s father wanted to press charges after viewing the security footage. The officer told the victim’s father that a warrant application would be submitted to a judge to determine the probable cause of arresting Mobley for common assault.