(UnitedVoice.com) – Twenty-seven-year-old Ryan Fournier entered the national stage when he co-founded Students for Trump (S4T) with classmate John Lambert in 2015. The two men created the youth political group to support Donald Trump’s presidential campaign while they attended North Carolina’s Campbell University.
Lambert in Trouble
In August 2019, Lambert pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges related to a criminal scheme to “defraud consumers of legal advice and services.” In short, he represented himself to potential clients as a “prominent New York attorney” and illegally obtained nearly $50,000 from his unwitting victims. Then, in May 2021, US District Judge Valerie E. Caproni sentenced Lambert to 13 months in prison and ordered him to pay his victims more than $21,000 in restitution and forfeit nearly $47,000.
Recent reports indicated that Fournier followed his former associate’s lead and found himself facing legal jeopardy, albeit for a completely different type of crime — assault.
Fournier Arrested and Charged With Assault
Media headlines recently erupted with the news that North Carolina law enforcement officials had arrested Fournier on accusations he struck a woman in the head with a handgun. Records filed with the Johnston County District Court indicated that Fournier faced two first-class misdemeanor counts — assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a female.
The eight-page Superior Court record alleged that on or about November 21, Fournier “unlawfully and willingly” assaulted and struck a woman. Officials redacted the victim’s name from court documents, but Axios later identified her as “his girlfriend.” The news outlet also reported that a police report indicated she suffered a minor injury during the incident.
Fournier allegedly grabbed the female’s right arm and smashed her in the forehead with a SIG SAUER P229 handgun. That particular model is a lightweight version of the weapon manufacturer’s P226 and was designed for use by law enforcement officials. Both guns fire a 9mm luger round.
The Johnston County court docket showed that Fournier waived his right to a court-appointed attorney. He posted a $2,500 professional security bond with the Palmetto Surety Corporation and was released later that day.
Magistrate CS Martin issued an order finding sufficient evidence to believe that Fournier committed the offenses detailed by the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office. He ordered the defendant to appear for a formal probable cause hearing on December 18.
Ironically, news outlets reported that Fournier claims that conservative men are the real champions for women’s rights and not feminists. He also asserted that the Second Amendment has done more for women seeking equality than the feminist movement ever accomplished.
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