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Actress Alyson Hannigan takes out restraining order against Nashua man

Actress Alyson Hannigan has filed a temporary civil harassment order, which is similar to a restraining order, against Nashua resident John Hobbs, 43, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The order was taken out by the 38-year-old “How I Met Your Mother” star Wednesday. It also covers her husband and their two children, who are ages 1 and 3. It requires Hobbs to maintain a 100-yard distance from the family at all times and to refrain from posting about Hannigan online.

The filing states that Hobbs has made online threats to kill the actress and harm her family, and it claims that he was recently released from a mental hospital.

Hobbs was contacted by Nashua police, to whom he admitted wanting to meet Hannigan and to travel to California to visit her, according to the AP.

Lt. E Paulson said Hobbs was cooperative when uniformed Nashua officers and members of the department’s domestic violence unit served the order Thursday afternoon.

“They went over the order with Mr. Hobbs, explained the do’s and the don’ts and gave him his copy,” Paulson said.

While it’s not every day that Nashua police are called upon to serve court orders initiated by a relatively high-profile individual, Paulson said the department routinely carries out service requests from out-of-state police departments.

“Like any court order, we served it to the best of our ability,” he said.

Personal messages to Hannigan, along with photos and video clips of the actress, dominate Hobbs’s Facebook page.

He posted his contact information on his Facebook page Jan. 1, inviting Hannigan to get in touch with him personally. His contact information indicates that he is a current Nashua resident.

Hobbs joined Facebook on March 20, 2012. The first public post related to Hannigan appeared Dec. 22, 2012 – a photo of the actress dressed as an elf, shared from an Alyson Hannigan fan page on Facebook. Hobbs is also a frequent commenter on the fan page.

According to E!Online, it was a Jan. 3 post by Hobbs that triggered Hannigan’s restraining order: “With that said, in 2013 I still can marry you tomorrow. I can kill you tomorrow too. Cause I simply like and love you as you live life. Aly…It doesn’t end. Even after death.”

This post is included in the court filing, E!Online said. It has since disappeared from Hobbs’ Facebook page. Other posts, however, express a desire to commit violence against Hannigan. All Facebook posts quoted here are in their unedited form.

“Alyson, if you were to asked me today ‘Do we have anything in common on Earth?’ I think I’ll B-slap you again. and say “DUHHH, No really? what makes you think that,” Hobbs wrote Jan. 18.

Others posts convey threats of suicide and Hobbs’ intention to have a relationship with the actress in the afterlife.

“Mrs. Denisof, the only way I can say this is to say it straight out. If you want to save your marriage to Alexis, then I strongly advise you to talk with me in person, plain and simple. Otherwise, Alyson this time 5 years from now. I’ll be dead and barried, I’ll still see you “UP” there in a “white toga” Alexis wouldn’t be any where around. If you think I’m lying about that,,, NO!!! not a chance,” Hobbs wrote Jan. 18.

Jen Malonson, of Nashua, a Facebook friend of Hobbs, posted on his page Jan. 20, warning that Hannigan might take out a restraining order against him if he continued writing about the actress like this.

Malonson initially didn’t realize Hobbs’ posts were about a famous actress.

“I have finally saw a recent post from you earlier and now I put the face with the name. … they way you are going John, she will in all reality put a restraining order on you, due to the fact of stalking, and she can put into terms that she is in fear for her life due to you, take head in my advice, I do know what I am talking about, no one ine their life needs any legal issues like that, trust me,” Malonson wrote.

Hobbs was unconcerned about this possibility.

“Jen, legal issues is not what would happen. The only thing that would happen is after all this time both me and Alyson would talk in person and finally finish a dance from long ago. I do know that, cause I know me,” he wrote.

Hobbs posted on Jan. 18, asking Hannigan and her family to meet him at the Nashua Police Department “in order to solve this situtation.”

The Nashua police officer who interviewed Hobbs and reviewed his Facebook account wrote that “Hobbs seemed to be living in an alternate reality,” according to the Associated Press.

A hearing to extend the restraining order for three years is scheduled for March 6 in Los Angeles.

– Teresa Santoski

Originally published Feb. 15, 2013 in The Telegraph, Nashua, NH.


Sidebar: Excerpts from Hobbs’ Facebook postings about Hannigan

The following are unedited recent excerpts from John Hobbs’ Facebook postings.

Jan 18, 2013

Mrs. Denisof, the only way I can say this is to say it straight out. If you want to save your marriage to Alexis, then I strongly advise you to talk with me in person, plain and simple. Otherwise, Alyson this time 5 years from now. I’ll be dead and barried, I’ll still see you “UP” there in a “white toga” Alexis wouldn’t be any where around. If you think I’m lying about that,,, NO!!! not a chance.

Jan 25, 2013

Morning Alyson, please make “NO” mistake about ths, “This is indeed the Last Year I’m Going to be around.” after this year, I’m going “UP” there. So talk in person or don’t. But me like and love you as you live Life,,,,, “DUHH”

Please don’t get me wrong Aly, I’m not saying you should drop everything and come and talk in person today. Just sometime this year would be “The Most” I could and can dream of. There are others in your Life, just like there are others in mine. I just happen to know whom I spend eterity with is All. Also beleive me, I wish everyday to see you for real. Not just the movies or tv ethier.

Feb 1, 2013

Alyson, if you want to call it quits for real, well between you and me. Talk in person, finish a dance, and exchange a few gifts. Otherwise, say hello to immortatity for me. Cause I’ll see you “UP” there. I’m to call you “Unreal” now Alyson? well, if for your own good. I supose I should. I don’t really want to, I’d rather talk in person, to tell you the truth. So, here it be honey, you are the Most Unreal Lady I have never had the honor of talking with (IN PERSON) since you were about “knee high to a grasshopper” jedi.

Funny thing is, I spend the After-Life with you. Yes, even me calling you “Unreal” I still do.

Feb. 4, 2013

The All time thing I wish would Happen:

Mrs. Alyson Lee Hannigan-Denisof, I hope we get that Day,

1. to talk in person,

2. to finish a dance that we hadn’t so many years ago.

3. finally exchange a few gifts, with each other.

4. Live Life going forward, from there.

5. Also for “REAL”

We’re still “jedi”, but even more “probies”. I guess the greatest gift of All.

(Well in this Lifetime anyway.)

If you think, that we don’t repeat this, over, over, and yet over agian. Until we do it right. Yes, Aly you’re the one with “tape” not me.

When you finally say to Alexis, we are GOING to talk with john j hobbs in person, being me, Aly that will be the day we BOTH can say, YEAH!!!!

Aly, I always will feel as we should get married. However, I’m happier for you that you choosen Alexis. I still can “love it all” I’m not here to “Take it all”. but beleive me sweetheart, I can “see it all” to begian with.

the evilness poohs grow, but so does me liking and love you as you live Life Alyson. So you go ahead and call me whatever you want today. However, you’re still not going to make me evil as a person no matter what you say. Cause my love for you is indeed “TRUE”

Feb. 5, 2013

When will things just go forward:

Dear Alyson, I watched the episode of HIMYM tonight. “PS I Love You” it was a great show. It made me think alittle bit, about Life in gerenal and directly too. I guess I’m one guy that could be ethier of those “D” words depending on how you precieve it today. However, let me frist say It was “Destinty” that I met you when I did at such a young age. Neither of us are evil. Been through enough to know that by now. No, I don’t claim to be Alexis. However Alyson, he’s not me ethier. He did and can “Take it All”, I still can like and “Love it All”. I know Life hasn’t been fair with you at times, It hasn’t been fair with me ethier, to be honest. One thing I know in my “heart of heart” it’s the right thing to do, go forward and talk in person (you and me) for real, not fake. “UP” there Alyson, there is no lie, act or even “unreal”. Today you still have your All or Nothing thing don’t you? I wish you could see it my way, and choose “my all” a day of peace and talk. But you talk to more poeple in a course of an hour than I talk to in a week. So, naturally you want it your way. So, I guess I have to be ready to marry you myself before you can talk to me in person right? Well dear, I’ve been ready to do that since you were “knee high to a grasshopper? it still doesn’t mean it happens, also it still doesn’t mean it don’t. Master Yoda said it right too, “hard to read future is, always feelings is future”. But I do like and love you as you live life, that’s my feelings to you.

Feb. 9, 2013

Happy early Valintine’s Day Aly, incase I don’t get the oppertunity to say it later.

Feb 13, 2013

Nice photo Alyson, However, it’s true. I don’t hate you. It works the other way from me to you sweetheart.

Well I hope, I still exsist long enough to see Alyson in person. Well, one day anyway.

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