Charges dropped against PTC man after Feb. assault arrest

A Peachtree City man arrested in February on multiple felony charges is not being prosecuted because the alleged victim could not be considered a credible witness, according to prosecutors.

Eric King was arrested at his home in February after his girlfriend told police he held her hostage inside the residence. The allegation resulted in negotiators and department’s Special Response Team being dispatched to the residence.

King was subsequently charged with aggravated assault with a weapon, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, battery and simple battery.

Fayette County Assistant District Attorney Ben Thompson on Thursday said his office made the decision not to prosecute King due to statements made by the alleged victim, Stephanie Hill.

Thompson said Hill “went back on her story several times” and could not be considered “a credible witness that a jury could believe even if her story was true.”

For his part, King said Peachtree City Police handled the situation tactfully and professionally and he thanked the district attorney’s office for fully assessing the allegations.