Madison County Serial Rapist Receives 55-Year Sentence for Sexual Battery and Burglary

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Laddarious Keon Hobson pled guilty to Sexual Battery and Burglary involving two Canton women and was sentenced to serve 55 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.  Hobson will be required to register as a sex offender once he is released from custody.

On July 4, 2015, the Canton Police Department received a 911 call from a 68 year old victim who reported that an individual armed with a knife had forced his way into her home and sexually assaulted her.  The victim was able to give police a description of the suspect prior to being transported to the the University of Mississippi Medical Center where a rape kit was performed and later tested at the crime lab where a DNA profile of the suspect was developed.

On October 9, 2015, the Canton Police Department was contacted and requested to respond to a home where a developmentally challenged female had been sexually assaulted.  Police arrived and spoke with the victim’s mother and learned that an individual possessing a can of mace forced his way into the house where he physically and sexually assaulted her daughter.  The victim’s mother was able to give a description of the suspect that matched the defendant in the earlier sexual assault.  The victim was taken to the hospital and a rape kit was performed.  The Crime Laboratory tested the rape kit and was able to develop a DNA profile of the suspect.

Several days later, the Canton Police Department developed Hobson as a suspect.  The mother, of the victim who had been assaulted the week prior, was able to pick Hobson out of a photo lineup as the man who forcibly entered her home and assaulted her daughter.  On October 15, 2015, Hobson was arrested and when questioned he denied involvement in either case.

A DNA sample was collected from Hobson.  The sample was tested by the State Crime Laboratory and it was determined that Hobson’s DNA matched the DNA samples collected from the two assaults.

Guest stated, “I want to thank the Canton Police Department and the Mississippi State Crime Laboratory for their efforts in removing a rapist from our streets.  Canton Police Department’s work in obtaining DNA samples from the victims and the work done by the Crime Laboratory in matching the DNA to Hobson, produced the critical pieces of evidence we needed to convict Hobson and put him behind bars for the next 50 plus years.”

Guest concluded, “Hobson is a serial rapist who would identify vulnerable victims and then force his way into their homes.  In both cases he armed himself and then forcibly assaulted two innocent victims.  Hobson is a rapist and a predator who will now spend the majority of the rest of his life behind bars and he will no longer be able to prey on the citizens of our community.”

Hobson has five prior felony convictions and was on probation at the time of these crimes.  He was previously convicted of Automobile Burglary in Madison County and had been convicted of Automobile Theft, Felony Eluding of a Law Enforcement Officer, Escape and Destruction of Public Property in Yazoo County.

District Attorney Michael Guest was sworn into office in January 2008 and represents the Twentieth Judicial District, Madison and Rankin Counties.  For more information regarding the District Attorney’s office, follow us on Facebook, download our app or please visit www.daguest.com.

Defendant:

Name:                          Laddarious Keon Hobson

Address:                       601 Martin Luther King Drive, Canton

Date of Birth:               July 11, 1974