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Wednesday, August 4, 2021

FBI agent at center of Whitmer kidnapping investigation assaults wife after swingers party, officials say

An FBI agent at the center of a Michigan Gov. kidnapping and murder conspiracy investigation. He is accused of crushing his wife’s head and strangling her against a nightstand after a brawl stemming from his appearance at a swingers party, according to the court. record.

Special Agent Richard Trask, 39, of Kalamazoo, was charged Monday with assault with intent to cause bodily harm, short of murder, after the alleged incident.

An affidavit filed by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office in Kalamazoo County District Court stated that Trask’s wife had bloody wounds on the right side of her head and “blood all over her chest, clothing arms and hands” as well as on her neck. There was a “serious” injury and the throat.

According to the affidavit, she told police that she and her husband had several drinks at a swingers party held at a hotel in Oshtemo Township, west of Kalamazoo. He said that he did not like the party and they argued about it on the way home.

According to the affidavit, once they got home, Trask climbed up on her on his bed and “then grabbed the side of her head and broke it several times during the night.”

According to the affidavit, he attempted to grab his beard to free himself, and he began to press her throat and throat with both hands. She eventually grabbed Trask’s testicles, ending the dispute, the document notes, and Trask left the Oshtemo Township home in his vehicle.

Trask, who was tracked in the parking lot of a supermarket on Main Street in Oshtemo Township, declined to give a statement about the incident after reading his Miranda rights, according to the affidavit.

Trusk has worked for the FBI since 2011 and served as the FBI’s public face in the Whitmer case, testifying in federal court about the investigation. He has worked on cases related to espionage, terrorism and domestic extremism investigations.

The FBI declined to comment on Wednesday. FBI spokeswoman Mara Schneider said Monday that the bureau is cooperating with the prosecutor’s office. Trusk’s job status was unclear.

“Per FBI policy, the incident is subject to internal review, and I cannot comment further at this time,” she said in a statement.

Trask was released on a $10,000 personal identification bond after appearing in 8th District Court in Kalamazoo and is facing a prison sentence of up to 10 years. Under the terms of his confinement, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm.

In addition to his FBI duties, Trask opened a gym at his rural property in Oshtemo Township near Kalamazoo and provides CrossFit training, according to social media posts and state business filings. He filed state paperwork for BCB Health & Wellness last year and maintains an active Instagram account, which featured him exercising, flexing and posing shirtless.

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