FBI agent Richard Trask who played a key role in the prosecution of more than a dozen ‘militia’ members who plotted to kidnap Michigan’s governor, was arrested on Sunday morning after allegedly attacking his wife following a night at a swingers party.
Richard Trask, 39, allegedly smashed his wife’s head against a nightstand during an argument after the party, leaving her covered in blood, according to reports.
His wife attempted to grab his beard to free herself. He then began to choke her around the neck and throat, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Detroit News.
She ultimately grabbed Trask’s testicles, which ended the altercation, the document notes, and Trask left their Oshtemo Township home in her vehicle.
Trask, a gym owner who has worked for the FBI since 2011, was tracked down in the parking lot of a supermarket on Main Street in Oshtemo Township, near Kalamazoo.
He is charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm, less than murder. Trask was released on a $10,000 bail and is prohibited from carrying a firearm.
Trask’s wife said that they had several drinks at a swingers’ party held at a hotel in Oshtemo Township.
She did not like the party and they argued about it on the way home.
When they got back, they had a physical fight.
Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office said Trask’s wife had cuts to the right side of her head and ‘blood all over chest, clothing arms and hand,’ as well as ‘severe’ bruising to her neck and throat.
FBI spokeswoman Mara Schneider on Monday said the bureau is cooperating with the prosecutor’s office.
On Tuesday BuzzFeed news published a detailed investigation into the role played by an Iraq War veteran named only as Dan, who became an FBI informant, and several others.
When some of the plotters dropped out, Dan became the most senior figure in the group – spurring them on, financing some of their training, and setting up links with other extremists, all while wearing a wire.
Attorneys for the group have indicated that Dan and 11 other known FBI informants in the scheme entrapped the men, pushing them to act on what would otherwise have just remained boastful, unrealized schemes.