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Camden Herald columnist Patten stabbed in Washington, D.C.

Survived ordeal, but suffered eight stab wounds
By Daniel Dunkle | Nov 23, 2020
Courtesy of: Sam Patten Sam Patten is recovering from being stabbed while in Washington, D.C., on business.

Washington, D.C. — Camden Herald columnist Sam Patten reported that he was stabbed Thursday, Nov. 19, by a male assailant who was on an attack spree in Washington, D.C.

While in Washington on personal business, Patten said, he was attacked and suffered two stab wounds to his head and six to his back. He said he was fortunate to have survived and not to have been paralyzed.

Antonie Royster, 42, of northwest D.C. was arrested by detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department, Third District and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (knife), according to a press release from the department posted on D.C. Witness online.

The attack occurred at 4:45 p.m. in the 1400 block of Florida Ave., NW. Patten was one of two victims in the assault.

Patten said this was the second time in his life he has been stabbed in Washington, D.C.

He has since returned to Maine.

Patten said he was very lucky the attacker's aim was not better, as he believes the intent was to kill him. He said no irreparable damage has been done.

The writer has an extensive political career, and he does not know if the attack was politically motivated.

"There is no particular reason to believe I was targeted, beyond the calculations as they may have been of my stabber — who the prosecutor tells me does not have a history of mental illness," Patten said in his latest column. "She told me he stabbed someone else 15 minutes before, around the corner. As such, he was likely on a small spree.

"The man in my case was a pure savage, as the semicircle of stab wounds on my back around my neck attest," Patten said.

"I am very impressed with the work of D.C. EMTs and police." Patten added, "Maine Med was impressed with the suture work done down there and the healing thus far."

Patten writes the political column "Crossfire Hurricane" for The Camden Herald each week. He grew up in Camden and is the son of former Camden Herald owner Bill Patten.

He is also a political strategist who has worked extensively at senior levels in the United States and globally.

Patten worked on political campaigns from the U.S. Senate to the White House. He worked for the 1996 election of Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins and ran statewide operations for the Bush/Cheney ticket in 2000. Since then, he has advised candidates across America, his bio for Courier Publications states.

"In the Bush Administration, he served as a senior advisor to the State Department on democracy promotion. He ran political operations for the International Republican Institute in Iraq during that country’s first free election in 50 years, and has also served as IRI’s country director in Russia.

"Over the past 15 years, Patten has worked as a private advisor to political leaders around the world from Eurasia to Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Central America. Beyond his work in the run-up to the 2005 Iraqi election, Patten has advised two Iraqi parties on party building and campaign operations between 2006-2014. In 2016, he served as executive director of the Committee to Destroy ISIS, an organization focused helping Iraqis build peace and stability.

"In 2018, Patten pleaded guilty to failing to register under Foreign Agent Registration Act in a charge brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, making him the ninth U.S. citizen to be convicted in the law’s 70-year history. His specific offense involved ghostwriting for a Ukrainian political leader on how to bring peace to that war-torn country.

"Since then, Patten has focused on writing and volunteer work centered on criminal justice reform. He is a Justice Ambassador for Prison Fellowship Ministry, founded by the late Charles Colson."

Patten’s writing has appeared in numerous publications.

Sam Patten
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Comments (8)
Posted by: Melissa Byer | Nov 25, 2020 10:24

Antifa Is real not a Idea! So glad you are safe!

Posted by: Molly P Luce | Nov 24, 2020 17:41

So sorry to hear this praying for a speedy recovery

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Nov 24, 2020 10:18

So sad that this had to happen to you.  Praying for your speedy recovery.


Posted by: Harold Bryson Mosher | Nov 24, 2020 05:53

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Posted by: Ingrid Van Steenberg | Nov 23, 2020 17:57

Quick recovery, Sam.

Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Nov 23, 2020 16:57

I don't like his column or politics ... but certainly not enough to condone an attack.

Posted by: ANANUR FORMA | Nov 23, 2020 15:12

am sad and sorry that happened to you.

Posted by: Pam Leach | Nov 23, 2020 13:16

So thankful and happy that (even though I don’t know you) you’re going to be ok!  What an ordeal to endure!

Pam Leach

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