A man who used to sell drugs and work as an FBI informant in Detroit when he was young was the subject of a movie featuring Matthew McConaughey. On Tuesday, he was arrested in Miami for domestic battery.
The FBI’s youngest known spy, whose real name is Richard John Wershe, fought with his girlfriend in their Edgewater apartment on Saturday after accidentally calling her by the name of another woman while they were making out. He is then said to have thrown a shoe at her, punched her, and taken her jewelry.
Wershe, 53, was arrested Tuesday after the woman talked to police. He was charged with robbery and battery and taken to the Turner Guilford Knight detention center early Wednesday. By the end of the day, he was free on a $5,000 bond.
The tweet below confirms the news:
JUST IN: “White Boy Rick,” Richard Wershe Jr., has been arrested in Miami.
Wershe allegedly got into a fight with his girlfriend after he said another woman’s name during sex, police sources tell me.
He’s being held on $5,000 bond. pic.twitter.com/FcECH3DUSw
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) May 10, 2023
Wershe started working for the FBI when he was 14. When he was 17, he was caught with eight kilos of cocaine and sent to jail for decades. With the help of a social justice movement, he was only let out of prison in 2017, but he was sent back to jail right away in Florida for an unpaid auto theft charge. He finally got out of prison in 2020.
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The claimed fight with his girlfriend of four months happened around 4 a.m. last Saturday in an apartment at Quantum on the Bay, 1900 N. Bayshore Dr. Police say that when he missed the woman with the shoe he threw at her, he went up to her and punched her in the chest, leaving a bruise.
Wershe’s lawyer in Detroit, Nabih Ayad, said that what the woman said happened didn’t happen and that she made up the story to try to steal Wershe’s watch.
“From our point of view, it didn’t happen,” Ayad said. “She took his watch and said she would call the cops if he didn’t stop. And she told the police he had hit her. I’m sure Mr. Wershe will consider a move to throw out the case because this is all made up.”
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