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Sovereign citizen charged with aggravated assault twice within 24 hours

Sovereign citizen charged with aggravated assault twice within 24 hours

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (970 WFLA)Hillsborough County deputies said they charged a sovereign citizen with aggravated assault twice within a 24 hour period.

Deputies said it all started Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. Deputies said 27-year-old Eric Holtgard drove and parked his car in the parking lot of Rivard Buick-GMC located on the 9700 block of E. Adamo Drive in Tampa.

Deputies said Holtgard got out of his car, began yelling at several employees and patrons in the parking lot, then pulled a Glock .45 caliber from his waistband and pointed it at a patron and threatened several times he was going to kill him.

When Holtgard spotted deputies pulling into the parking lot, deputies said he fled in his car before deputies could apprehend him.

A short time later, HCSO said patrol deputies caught up with him at Lumsden Road and Lithia Pinecrest Road where the victim and multiple witnesses came for positive identification.

During a search of Holtgard's car, deputies said they found several loaded firearms including an assault rifle, two handguns, ballistic plates, ballistic ammunition, and paperwork advising he was exempt from government statutory law, in the vehicle.

Deputies said Holtgard has a valid carrying concealed weapons permit.

Then, deputies said Holtgard was transported and booked into the orient road jail until he bonded out of jail at 2 a.m. Thursday morning.

Later Thursday, shortly after 11:30 am, deputies said a lawn maintenance man called 9-1-1 and said a man wearing only boxer shorts and carrying a rifle with a scope came out of a home on Buckingham Loop Drive and began screaming at him telling him he was not allowed to park on the curb in front of his house.

When deputies arrived, they said the man was identified as Eric Holtgard and detectives responded to the scene arresting Holtgard again.

According to the HCSO, Holtgard faces charges including aggravated assault with deadly weapon.

Photo credit Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office


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