A key investigator into the alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was accused of attacking a woman
A Kalamazoo County Judge charged Richard James Trask, an FBI agent who was part of the investigation into the plot to kidnap Whitmer, with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder after court documents show he was arrested July 18, 2021, in the Meijer parking lot on West Main Street in Oshtemo.
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“The FBI is aware of the recent charges brought by the Kalamazoo County, Michigan Prosecuting Attorney’s Office involving an FBI Special Agent. We are fully cooperating with the prosecuting attorney’s office on this matter. In accordance with FBI police, the incident is subject to internal review, and we cannot comment further at this time,” FBI Special Agent Mara Schneider, the public affairs officer, said.
Kalamazoo County Sheriff deputies were told that Richard James Trask, 39, and a woman had gone to a swinger party held at a hotel on Holiday Lane and had been in several arguments throughout the night before leaving.
Once at home, the court documents state, the woman told police that he smashed her head into a nightstand several times and started strangling her. She grabbed his testicles, which caused him to let go.
When Kalamazoo County Sheriff deputies arrived to the 10th Street Oshtemo Township home Sunday night they said they found the woman with blood running from several cuts on her head and bruising on her neck.
The woman said he grabbed some clothes and left in her vehicle.
Deputies said they found Trask in the vehicle in the West Main Street Meijer parking lot. He was arrested.
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He was released on bond. He faces 10 years in prison if convicted.
Trask's arrest comes as a federal judge has set a trial date for six of the men charged in connection with a plot to kidnap and kill Whitmer.
Adam Fox, Barry Croft, Ty Garbin, Kaleb Franks, Daniel Harris and Brandon Caserta were charged with conspiracy to kidnap the governor of Michigan. They face up to life in prison if convicted.