A top prosecutor, who jailed many of the Jan. 6 defendants, has been arrested for allegedly stabbing another man during a horrific road rage incident.
Patrick Scruggs worked as an assistant attorney for the Middle District of Florida’s U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa for nearly a decade.
He prosecuted some January 6 defendants, including the “lectern guy.”
Adam Johnson went viral for taking Pelosi’s lectern on Jan. 6.
He was sentenced to 75 days in prison and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine.
After Scruggs was arrested, Johnson said: “Meet the guy who prosecuted me in Tampa for walking in a building on January 6th.
“My crimes were so egregious that he demanded I wear an ankle monitor, be drugged tested at random, surrender my passports, be restricted to middle district of Florida, and given a nightly curfew.
“What restrictions do you think he should get for stabbing a man repeatedly in public?”
Meet the guy who prosecuted me in Tampa for walking in a building on January 6th.
My crimes were so egregious that he demanded I wear an ankle monitor, be drugged tested at random, surrender my passports, be restricted to middle district of Florida, and given a nightly curfew.…
— The Lectern Guy🇺🇸 (@lecternleader) September 27, 2023
As Newsweek noted, Scruggs got better bail than some of the accused in the January 6 case.
The number of protesters facing federal charges has surpassed 1,100, with more than half pleading guilty. Over 100 have been convicted on all charges, but many still face trial, and some are held without bail.
Meanwhile, Scruggs has been charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault, and armed burglary.
Scruggs posted $65,000 bail the same day he was arrested in Tampa, Florida.
He is accused of breaking the window of a vehicle that hit his sedan on Interstate 275 on Tuesday morning and stabbing the driver, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Scruggs also allegedly attempted to stab a couple who stopped to help the victim and then fled the scene.
He was apprehended by police shortly after and arrested on charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, and armed burglary.
The victim was hospitalized for serious injuries.
Scruggs was released from the Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday evening after posting the $65,000 bail.
He posted it before an advisory hearing so his bond doesn’t include any conditions, but it’s possible a motion will be filed to add conditions at a later date.
According to Tampa10:
Troopers said they learned a 35-year-old man had stopped in the travel lanes and was slumped over for an “unknown reason” inside his car.
Then, a 40-year-old man driving along the bridge saw the man slumped over and looking unwell, so he and his wife stopped their car in front of him to see if he was okay, FHP said.
The 40-year-old couldn’t get inside the 35-year-old’s car, so he went back to his car in order to find something to break the window and help him.
Before he could do that, however, troopers said the 35-year-old man came to and started driving forward.
But rather than getting back on the road and on his way, troopers said the 35-year-old first hit the couple’s car, then reversed and tried to go around, only to crash into Scruggs’ car as he drove past the incident.
Troopers say Scruggs stopped his car, got out, went up to the 35-year-old’s car, broke the window, and began stabbing him multiple times with a pocket knife.