Wanted man caught by Henry Sheriff's Office

By Jason A. Smith


A two-year search by the Henry County Sheriff's Office is over, as deputies apprehended a Hampton man, who tried to intimidate a doctor at Henry Medical Center (HMC).

Christian Catalin Ivaniuc, 40, is charged with terroristic threats and criminal interference with government property. He had been sought by the Sheriff's Office since 2008.

The suspect reportedly damaged county property, following his arrest.

Ivaniuc appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Friday, without an attorney.

Judge Wesley Shannon set Ivaniuc's bond at $5,000, and reset a preliminary hearing in his case for Aug. 23, to allow Ivaniuc to hire a lawyer to represent him.

The incident for which Ivaniuc was wanted, reportedly occurred May 8, 2008, at HMC in Stockbridge. According to an arrest warrant in the case, Ivaniuc threatened "to commit a crime of violence" against a doctor at the hospital, with the purpose of terrorizing the doctor.

Ivaniuc was arrested and taken to the Henry County Jail around 11:30 a.m., Thursday, according to Sheriff's Capt. Bobby Sloan. He said Ivaniuc was placed in the general population at the facility, and caused problems less than 12 hours after he was booked into the jail.

"He actually struck a kiosk with his elbow, and shattered the glass on the machine," Sloan said.

As a result, Sloan added, the property damage count was added to Ivaniuc's list of charges, prior to his appearance in court.