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The guy that was working for the government when they were rounding up non-violent J6 rioters stabbed another driver during the morning commute.
A bizarre chain of events on the southbound lanes of the Howard Frankland Bridge on Tuesday morning led to the arrest of Patrick Douglas Scruggs, 38, a lawyer who worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney for Florida’s Middle District until last April.
According to officials, a 40-year old man from Tampa and his wife were travelling south on I-275 when they noticed that a vehicle was stopped on the bridge just as rush hour was winding down. The 35-year old driver was slumped over in his car, so the couple pulled over in front of his vehicle to help.
The 40-year old was unable to enter the other vehicle, so he walked back to his car to find something to break a window in the sedan, but as he did that, the 35-year old driver woke up and accelerated crashing into the couple’s car. He then shifted into reverse and tried to get around the couple’s car, but struck Scruggs’s car as he was driving by.
Highway Patrol said that Scruggs pulled over, got out of his car, broke the 35-year old driver’s window and stabbed him repeatedly with a pocketknife.
The couple tried to return to to help the 35-year old man, but fled when Scruggs attempted to stab them.
A St. Petersburg Police Department officer driving past saw what was happening and stopped to help. He detained Scruggs and called for assistance.
Patrick Scruggs worked as an assistant attorney for the Middle District of Florida’s United States Attorney’s Office in Tampa, according to his LinkedIn. He was employed there from September 2012 through April 2023 before transitioning in May to a law firm in Atlanta, Georgia.
William Daniels, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida confirmed Scruggs’ decade-long employment and stated Scruggs is “no longer employed by the United States Department of Justice.”
Source: WTSP 10 Tampa Bay
Here’s the local news report:
One witness posted some rather disturbing photos of the incident on Facebook.
The 35-year old victim is in hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Scruggs was arrested and charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault, and armed burglary.
He was released from the the Pinellas County Jail after posting $65,000 bail.
Bloodthirsty DOJ lawyer who prosecuted peaceful J6 protesters went on a violent crime spree.
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 27, 2023
When Scruggs was working for the DOJ, he appeared in on behalf of the government at the bond hearing of one of the January 6 rioters whose photo went viral.
Do you remember the guy that was photographed carrying the Speaker’s lectern through the rotunda on January 6?
Adam Johnson became “internet famous” for that photo in the Capitol, but he was not one of the people attacking Capitol Police on that fateful day in January 2022. He did, however, encourage others to break into the House chamber while members of Congress were inside during his 35 minutes inside of the building. According to the Washington Post, Johnson also jiggled the handle of Nancy Pelosi’s office and entered three “highly sensitive areas” of the Capitol.
But there did not appear to be any stabbing, blood, or blind rage where Johnson was concerned.
Scruggs was representing the government at Johnson’s bond hearing.
From the Tampa Bay Times:
Scruggs also appeared on behalf of the federal government during hearings for Florida residents accused of taking part in the riots at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021.
Days later, Scruggs appeared on behalf of the U.S. Attorney’s Office during the bond hearing of Adam Johnson, the Parrish man who became one of the most prominent symbols of the riots that engulfed the U.S. Capitol when he was photographed carrying a lectern from the House of Representatives. Scruggs asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Christopher Tuite to order certain restrictions while Johnson was on release, including drug testing, the surrender of his passport and a nightly curfew.
“This is a serious case,” Scruggs told the judge. “Everyone involved in the storming of the Capitol last week needs to be held accountable for their actions, including Mr. Johnson.”
Another judge in 2022 sentenced Johnson to 75 days in jail.
To sum up: The guy that represents the government going after the guy carrying a lectern to make him a political prisoner is the same guy that flies into a rage after a traffic accident that is so severe that he repeatedly stabs the guy that hit his car.
How appropriate for this weird, weird world that we live in.