- PIO Number: 02-3-21
- Date: March 14, 2002
- Time: 0349
- Place of Occurrence: East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
- Jennifer Scaletta, 28, 10/10/73, female, North Lauderdale
- James Srygler, 35, 4/12/66, male, Broward Sheriff's Office
Description of Incident:
A Broward Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested this morning by Fort Lauderdale Police on misdemeanor charges of Battery and Resisting Arrest.
At 3:49 a.m. Fort Lauderdale Officer Juan Ho, on routine patrol on Las Olas Boulevard near the beach, saw a man and woman involved in what appeared to be a violent struggle. When the officer made a u-turn the male released the female and ran away. The officer chased the man and took him into custody without further incident. Later, the officer learned that the suspect was off-duty BSO Deputy James Srygler.
The female victim was upset and crying, telling police that Srygler had grabbed her, against her will, and threatened to kill her. Srygler and the victim were reportedly unacquainted and were both visiting the Beach Place complex. The victim said Srygler approached her at Blondie’s on the Beach, but that she told him to leave her alone, which he did. Later, as she was walking to her car, she said he approached her and grabbed her, asking “if she knew what it felt like to die.” At that point, Officer Ho saw the altercation and made his u-turn. Srygler told investigators that he had put his arm around the woman and was just trying to chat with her. He could not explain why he decided to run from police.
Srygler was arrested and was transported to the Fort Lauderdale Police station and later to the Broward County Jail, where he was released on $1,000 bond. Srygler, a BSO deputy for eight years assigned to road patrol, has been suspended with pay, pending further investigation.
- THIS REPORT BY: Offr. J. Ho (report), FLPD Jim Leljedal / PIO Sgt. M. Guess, Lt. K. Neely, BSO PCU 3/14/02 1:45 p.m.
- J. Srygler - J. Srygler