Sunday, 19 Sep 2021

FBI agent leading kidnap case ‘attacked wife after swingers’ party’, police say

An FBI agent has been taken off a kidnap case after allegedly beating his wife after a swingers' party.

Special Agent Richard Trask, 39, is accused of smashing his wife's head against a nightstand and choking her in a horror attack, according to court records.

He had been at the centre of the investigation into the plot to kidnap and kill Gov. Gretchen Whitmer but it is feared his arrest is likely to give the defence "ammunition" and disrupt the case.

Trask from Kalamazoo, Michigan, US, was charged on Monday with assault with intent to do great bodily harm, less than murder, The Detroit News reports.

Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office told Kalamazoo County District Court that Trask's wife had bloody lacerations to the right side of her head and "blood all over [her] chest, clothing arms and hand," as well as "severe" bruising to her neck and throat.

She told police that the FBI agent joined her for several drinks at a swingers' party held at a hotel in the 2700 block of S. 11 Street in Oshtemo Township, but an argument broke out on the way home when she said she did not like it.

When they arrived home, her husband climbed on top of her in their bed and "then grabbed the side of her head and smashed it several times on the nightstand," according to her affidavit.

To break free from Trask's assault she tried grabbing his beard and then his testicles which worked but not before he started choking her with both hands around her neck.

Trask, who runs an Instagram account dedicated to his fitness, joined the FBI in 2011 where he became its public face for the Whitmer case and testified in federal court about the investigation.

A group of five men are charged with plotting to kidnap Whitmer but a former special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit office said Trask's own charges are "not good" for the defence.

Andrew Arena, former special agent in charge of the FBI's Detroit office, said: "It’s the last thing you want for a major case like this. Any time you give the defence any ammunition it's not good.

“Depending on the severity, it could be a suspension until things are ironed out one way or another."

Trask, who was not arrested until a plan was devised for the kidnap case, faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

FBI spokeswoman Mara Schneider said on Monday: "In accordance with FBI policy, the incident is subject to internal review, and I cannot comment further at this time."

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