Bruce Allen Santee II, a semi-professional wrester from St. Petersburg, Florida, probably didn’t expect a felony charge to come out of a tacky Facebook post. But when the sore loser wrote on social media that he would give $100 to anyone who would knock out a cop who had bothered him and his friends, the police were quick to enter the ring.
Santee, who goes under the wrestling name “The Marquee,” was riding in a Ford Mustang with two friends when a Pinellas Park police officer pulled the group over around 2 a.m. Monday for failing to yield. The woman behind the wheel said she was driving home Santee and a buddy, who were drunk.
The officer also found that the woman’s license was expired, and had the party arrange for someone else to pick them up.
Santee put up a fight, calling the cop a “pig.” Then he took his complaints to Facebook, where he appeared to solicit a bargain hit man to deal with the officer.
An off-duty officer saw the post and reported it. Santee later edited out the threat, but continued to launch insults.
“Santee finished his Facebook post by offering $100 to anyone who will kill our officer,” read a press release from the Pinellas Park Police Department. “We are not releasing the name of the officer at this time however, Santee did call the officer by name and offered the money to kill the officer, identifying him by name.”
Police said Santee’s actions were a violation of state statute 836.10 which states, “Any person who writes or composes and also sends or procures the sending of any letter, inscribed communication, or electronic communication … containing a threat to kill or to do bodily injury to the person to whom such letter or communication is sent … commits a felony of the second degree.”
Santee is being held on $10,000 bond at Pinellas County Jail.