Josh Wolf, who was jailed a record 226 days for protecting source materials, reports that he has now been mugged in San Francisco by an inmate he met in prison.
Wolf printed an account of his Feb. 4 mugging in the Palo Alto Daily Post, where he works as a reporter.
Wolf identified his attacker at Terrell Trammell, 28, who he met at the Dublin Federal Detention Center three years earlier. Wolf said he didn’t know why Trammell decided to mug him.
After work one evening, Wolf said he ran into Trammell at Volare’s Pizza at 456 Haight St., struck up a conversation and then left.
- As I walked home with a box of pizza in one hand and two sodas in the other, I heard Trammell call from across the street, “Got a light?”
I awkwardly fished out a lighter from my pocket as he crossed the street. But when I went to hand it to him, I was greeted with a punch to the face. The pizza went flying.
I lost my glasses and called out for help, as a quick series of jabs to the face continued. But my cries were only greeted by a friend of his I had first seen at the pizza place coming to his aid. I fell to the ground asking, “What do you want?” as I began to wonder if this was a robbery or simply a beating. The punches became kicks. I shielded my face.
“Let’s go,” said the friend as the kicks continued.
Trammell then grabs me by the jacket and reaches into my inner pocket, where he had likely seen me put my iPhone after I got a call at the pizza place. He grabs my left pocket, where my car and house keys are kept. He tears the pocket, but runs away with his friend before he can grab the keys.
Blood squirting from my nose, heart pounding, I lie on the ground for a moment, collecting myself as I watch the feet of my two assailants dart away.
Wolf reports that Trammell is now in jail on robbery charges. He is not eligible for bail because he is on federal probation.
Wolf was sent to prison in 2006 by federal Judge William Alsup after he refused to testify before a federal grand jury about the identities and activities of protesters he had covered for his video blog, and for refusing to surrender his video outtakes. He was held in contempt of court for 226 days and was released after posting the video to his Web site.
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