If anyone needed proof that no one is above the law, this case is a prime example. Reports have surfaced that a professional wrestler actually threatened to kill a traffic officer after being issued a citation. Bruce Allen Santee II was arrested in Pinellas Park, FL, exacerbating what would normally be a routine traffic violation. The threat was written and it was actually posted through the suspect’s Facebook account. This constituted a written threat and was taken seriously by the local authorities operating in the Pinellas Park area.
Santee was actually not the driver of the vehicle, rather a passenger in the front seat. But that didn’t stop him from confronting the officer when the vehicle was pulled over for failure to yield. Santee confronted the officer in person, getting out of the car and yelling. It was not until later that Santee would later post the threat on Facebook. Details indicate that the threat actually offered $100 to anyone who would attempt to take the officer’s life. This does constitute a threat, even if it wasn’t intended to be taken seriously. The local police department is taking this threat seriously, adding to the gravity of the situation.
It wasn’t long after this that Santee opted to turn himself in to the local authorities. The authorities are investigating the details of the crime and asking further questions about people who were involved. Sgt. Adam Geissenberger reported that Santee blamed his behavior on his intoxication at the time. There is no indication as to whether this detail will be included as part of the case. Santee currently wrestles under the moniker “The Marquee” and has become very popular in the area. Some of his fans may want to follow the arrest and see what charges may be applied as the case goes to trial.
Santee may be getting support from a few people in the area. His father is Bruce OG Santee, who was also once a professional wrestler. He was also speaking out against the arrest through Facebook, expressing his displeasure about what happened. But it may not matter, since this may be a fairly clear cut case as an example of a written threat. Many will want to take it as a cautionary tale, since authorities are now taking these kinds of incidents much more seriously over time.
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