FCCI executive fired after being charged with battery of an officer, resisting arrest

Battery on Law Enforcement Officer Arrest

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - An executive for Sarasota-based FCCI has been terminated from his position following an arrest for trespassing that culminated in charges of resisting arrest and battery on an officer.

According to an arrest citation, the owners of a Sarasota restaurant asked police to escort Craig Johnson from the property due to alleged drunken behavior. Johnson was in the company of his son Nathan Johnson and Ethan McGregor, according to documents.

On scene, the officers reported that Johnson refused to leave and began arguing with them, telling them they would “pay” for their actions due to Johnson’s friendship with the Sarasota County Sheriff.

Initially, Johnson was placed on leave of absence, but the board voted to terminate Johnson Tuesday morning.

“Immediately after learning of the incident, the Board carefully reviewed the situation and placed Mr. Johnson on a leave of absence. The Board has continued to monitor the situation. Based upon the Board’s review, the Board determined it was in the best interests of the Company to terminate Mr. Johnson.”

The arresting officers say that Johnson made threats against them and continued to struggle. He was taken to the hospital to be checked out and then was booked in the jail.

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