Patrick Douglas Scruggs, a former assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa, was arrested and booked into the Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday.

“He faces charges of aggravated battery, aggravated assault and armed burglary after authorities say he repeatedly stabbed a driver on the Howard Frankland Bridge after the driver struck Scruggs’ sedan,” the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Tampa Bay Times described the chaotic scene:

According to a news release issued Tuesday by the Florida Highway Patrol, a 40-year-old Tampa man was driving a sedan south on Interstate 275 when he and his 43-year-old wife noticed a vehicle that was stopped in the travel lanes of the bridge shortly before 9:24 a.m. The 35-year-old driver, also of Tampa, was slumped over inside his sedan, troopers said, so the couple pulled over in front of the car to help.

The 40-year-old man was unable to get inside the other sedan, so he walked back to his car to get something that could break the window. While he was doing that, the 35-year-old man woke up and accelerated forward, crashing into the couple’s sedan. He shifted into reverse and then tried to get around the couple’s sedan, according to troopers, but at that point, he struck Scruggs’ sedan as he was driving by the scene.


Scruggs pulled over, got out and walked up to the driver of the vehicle that hit his car. According to the Highway Patrol, Scruggs broke a window and started stabbing the 35-year-old man with a pocketknife.

According to FOX 13 News, Scruggs also attempted to stab the couple who stopped to assist the man slumped over inside his sedan.

FOX 13 News reports:

Troopers said Scruggs got out of his vehicle and broke out the side window of the 35-year-old man’s vehicle and stabbed him multiple times with a pocket knife. When the 40-year-old driver and his wife came back to try and stop the suspect and help the stabbing victim, Scruggs tried to stab them too.

Both the 40-year-old man and his wife were able to get away unharmed, FHP said. Photos taken from the incident showed the suspect holding a knife at the car involved.

After the St. Pete police officer got to the scene, the 35-year-old victim was taken to the hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries, according to troopers.

Scruggs was arrested by troopers for aggravated battery, aggravated assault and burglary. FHP said he was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

Scruggs worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tampa from 2013 to 2013, the Tampa Bay Times stated.

The 38-year-old appeared on behalf of the U.S. federal government to prosecute Florida residents accused of walking inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.

The Tampa Bay Times reports:

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.

“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?” The Lectern Guy wrote.

“A former DOJ Prosecutor who fought to lock up J6ers for walking through the Capitol was just arrested for stabbing someone after a car crash and then tried to stab a couple who pulled over to help him. Very fine people,” Benny Johnson wrote.

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