DOJ ALLEGED "PARALLEL INVESTIGATION"
PEARCE stated in his February 5, 2015 internal DOJ email that “He was arrested by Thai authorities and investigated by FBI-LA” . PEARCE made no mention of the RTP or an RTP parallel investigation. FBI-LA stated likewise in his report on April 11, 2014 “On 04/04/2014, (RTP) arrest warrant for HOBBS based on statements of a child victim obtained June 2013” [PAGE 18] . Neither of these DOJ officials made any suggestion that RTP were involved with a parallel investigation.
What can only be considered gross incompetence or negligence, FBI-LA’s “full investigation” relied on the identity of HOBBS obtained from purely circumstantial evidence of a van that had not been used by the perpetrator, had not been used during the commission of any of the crimes but had merely being seen parked in the vicinity of the crime scene three months after the abuse occurred. Clearly, this evidence does not rise to the level of “probable cause” to initiate an investigation in accordance with requirements of the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution.
However, defying all possible logic that this is the only evidence that FBI-LA had to link HOBBS to MIDTOWN and that the THAI VICTIM had not positively identify HOBBS under FBI interrogation in June 2013, FBI-LA still considered there to be sufficient probable cause to pursue HOBBS’ arrest in December 2013.
FBI-LA’s “full investigation” was incapable of determining that there was no evidence incriminating HOBBS and that a serial child sex predator STRIKE was living at MIDTOWN the entire time driving the orange motorcycle daily and with a high degree of certainty most likely continued abusing Thai children. The execution of the investigative tactic used in this case that allowed STRIKE to remain at large for eleven months to abuse more Thai children can only be considered gross negligence and incompetence.
Even after learning of a fugitive pedophile STRIKE living at MIDTOWN in November 2013, for reasons that are impossible to explain and are lacking of any rational judgement, FBI-LA excluded STRIKE as a possible suspect regardless of his failure to have the boy positively identify HOBBS or have any supporting evidence linking HOBBS to the crimes or the vehicle used during the commission of the crimes.
FBI-LA and RTP case files and testimony clearly confirm the RTP case was substantially based and includes substantial evidence from FBI-LA’s investigation. Therefore, if the RTP’s investigation yielded the wrong result which it has, then it was only because the evidence and information provided by ICE, FBI-LA and NOJA was incomplete, inaccurate or intentionally prejudicial to HOBBS.
DECEMBER 12, 2013 – APRIL 3, 2014 – “PARALLEL INVESTIGATION”
What the evidence from all law enforcement files shows is that RTP could not have started what PEARCE and FBI-LA have called a “parallel investigation” until RTP were first notified of the crimes on December 12, 2013 [page 11] . Therefore there was no RTP investigation of the child abuse crimes that occurred at MIDTOWN for the first eleven months of the FBI’s investigation.
Therefore, the DOJ’s “alleged” parallel investigation of HOBBS and MIDTOWN started the day STRIKE was deported. The RTP’s investigation started with the perpetrator deliberately concealed from them by those making the assertions that HOBBS was the perpetrator.
Now in fact, after the December 12, 2013 ICE, NOJA and RTP meeting there was a “parallel investigation" since “(redacted) was asked to keep HIS/BKK agents informed of the progress of the investigation. (redacted) agreed to do so” [page 11] and ICE and NOJA had at long last told them a crime had occurred.
ICE, FBI-LA and NOJA had asserted that their investigation confirmed HOBBS was guilty and the RTP had no other American suspects to consider. The RTP’s alleged “parallel investigation” starting one year after the crimes had been committed could not have been expected to yield much more new evidence that was not compromised and outdated. Therefore, the RTP had no other choice but to rely heavily upon the evidence provided from FBI-LA’s and NOJA’s eleven month investigation. The RTP’s involvement was no longer an “investigation” of the MIDTOWN crimes but for the most part translating FBI incriminating evidence of HOBBS into Thai.
Of course it would be necessary for RTP to conduct a legal interrogation of the THAI VICTIM and his positive identification of HOBBS so that it could be brought into evidence for HOBBS’ Thai arrest warrant in a Thai court. Not unlike the FBI’s illegal June 2013 interrogations, once again the Thai child interrogation on December 24, 2013 did not yield an identification of HOBBS from the same 2009 passport photo.
In addition, RTP would need to inspect the crime scene to search for additional evidence to incriminate HOBBS. The RTP initiated an investigation on December 12, 2013 and visited the crime scene [pages 4-5] and obtained their only “evidence”, the orange motorcycle registration, recorded on December 19, 2013. Subsequently on December 22, 2013 RTP accepted a complaint [page 1] filed by the US DOJ’s informant NOJA accusing HOBBS of committing crimes at MIDTOWN.
Seven days after being told of the crimes and STRIKE was no longer able to use the motorcycle, RTP had investigated MIDTOWN and not surprisingly observed the orange motorcycle that the Thai boy testified was used during the commission of the crimes. Remarkably, in just seven days, RTP were able to obtain far more relevant and concrete evidence related directly to the commission of all of the crimes than FBI-LA’s eleven month investigation from 14,000 kilometers away. The THAI VICTIM had previously identified the orange motorcycle as that used during all of the crimes.
The “parallel” investigation was at an impasse without a positive identification of HOBBS and the orange motorcycle did not incriminate HOBBS. A second attempt was made to have the Thai boy identify HOBBS from Thai Immigration photos of him obtained by RTP on December 26, 2013. Yet again the child did not positively identify HOBBS or a warrant would have been issued immediately.
It is clear, before HOBBS’ false arrest that the FBI-LA and ICE had no problem interfering or for that matter doing the RTP’s investigation for them. It was the FBI-LA who determined the whereabouts of HOBBS and assisted RTP in arranging for HOBBS to come to Pattaya to sell coffee equipment they had found HOBBS had listed on bahtsold.com on May 2, 2014. [pages 94-99] This information does not appear in RTP or ICE case files and thus was an action by FBI-LA who also records being in a meeting in Pattaya on May 16, 2014 the day HOBBS was first contacted by police interested to buy coffee equipment
HOBBS was contacted on May 16, 2014 by someone speaking English interested in purchasing coffee machines and HOBBS arranged to meet but was later postponed until June 8, 2014. HOBBS had alerted FBI-LA that he would meet them at another address in Pattaya where is wife and son lived. Then on May 29, 2014, two Cambodian boys dressed in black with black masks broke into the home of his wife and son looking for “electronics” and stole a Samsung tablet belonging to his wife. It seems the FBI-LA and their team did not have much evidence and needed more but unfortunately HOBBS is not a pedophile and did not live there and nothing was found on the tablet.
However, FBI-LA and ICE still continued to conceal information about STRIKE from their RTP partners now investigating the crimes an unable to confirm HOBBS as the perpetrator and requested Thai authorities to keep them informed. Clearly FBI-LA and ICE had every opportunity to inform RTP about STRIKE but did not. There must have been other considerations to deliberately deceive the FBI’s partner.
There was no possibility at this point FBI-LA and ICE could inform RTP about STRIKE because both CBIP and RTP authorities would become aware of the DOJ’s deliberate deception causing them to waste their time investigating and falsely arresting the wrong person and be furious that ICE had taken STRIKE without telling CBIP.
Since there was no positive identification of HOBBS and both the van and orange motor cycle registrations and the arrest of STRIKE all provided exculpatory evidence more needed to be done by FBI-LA, ICE and NOJA to assure RTP completed their arrest of HOBBS’. The most critical was to find a child that would positively identify HOBBS.
AFTER DECEMBER 24, 2013 – THERE WAS NO LONGER ANY INVESTIGATION OF CRIMES!!!