- Authorities have released a new video of the traffic stop of Gabby Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundrie.
- In the new video, recorded by another officer’s body camera, Gabby Petito says that her boyfriend had beaten her.
- Still without traces, the FBI continues the ‘hunt’ to locate Brian Laundrie.
Gabby Petito confessed to a Utah police officer that her boyfriend Brian Laundrie had beaten her on Aug. 12, according to new body camera footage from a second officer who arrived at the location of the couple’s traffic stop. However, she quickly took it back and said that she would have hit him first.
On the same site, Brian Laundrie said he “didn’t have time” to defend himself against accusations that he had beaten his fiancée. “I pushed her away. She gets very nervous, and when she does, she sways and she had her cell phone in hand. So I was just trying to push her away,” he told a police officer, according to the video released recently by Fox News on Thursday, September 30.
They release a new video about Gabby Petito
The 911 call made on August 12, first reported by Fox News Digital in early September, illustrated what experts have pointed to as a potentially abusive relationship between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie. Fox News previously obtained body camera video from a different officer, but it appears that police conducted separate interviews at the time.
“Did he hit you?” The officer asked Gabby Petito. “I guess,” she replied in shock, though she still seemed to downplay the incident when she spoke to the second officer and tried to take the blame.
In the new video Gabby Petito is heard saying that her fiancé beat her
“I guess so,” Gabby Petito continued, tears in her eyes. “But I hit him first.” Then the official replied: “Where did he hit you? Don’t worry, just be honest. ” Later the young woman gave back to his words and said that he grabbed her “with his fingernail” and claimed to have been the aggressor herself.
“He didn’t like hitting me in the face. He didn’t like punching me in the face or anything like that, ”Gabby Petito said according to the new published video which recorded a body camera of another officer who arrived at the place of the traffic stop.
“I definitely have a cut here,” Gabby Petito said in the newly released video.
“Did he slap you or what?” The officer asked him. “Well (…) he grabbed me with his fingernail, and I think that’s what it looks like, I definitely have a cut here,” Gabby Petito said as she rubbed her cheek. “I can feel it, when I touch it (the cut) burns me.”
The new video, obtained through public records requests by Fox News and Fox 13 Utah reveals more details about the encounter just weeks before Gabby Petito was last seen alive in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
“He got very frustrated with me,” said the instagrammer at the time (click on the image to see the video)
“He got really frustrated with me, kicked me out of the car and told me to go take a break, but I didn’t want to take a break. And I wanted to continue. We are without water, ”Gabby Petito said in the new video released by Fox News.
The officer then asked Gabby Petito again if she had been hit in the face and arm. “Is there something on your cheek here? Did they hit you in the face? ”, The policeman was heard saying when he was talking to her at the traffic stop.
Apparently Brian Laundrie was going to start the van without Gabby Petito
“I’m not sure,” the young woman replied before stating that she was just trying to get into her vehicle to continue the road trip. According to the Fox News report, a witness had also told police that it appeared that Brian Laundrie was trying to steal Gabby Petito’s cell phone and that she got into the van, crawling on him through the door on the side of the car. driver after it looked like he was going to start without her.
At another point in the video, the officer asked a witness to clarify what he saw. “Have you ever seen the man hit the woman?” He asked. “I wouldn’t say that. I think I maybe saw a shove (…), but not a punch to the face or anything, ”the witness replied.
Experts speak of possible domestic abuse
“Although it looks like you saw her slap him,” the officer said. And the witness replied: “Yes.” Later in the now-dramatic video, an officer told Brian Laundrie that Gabby Petito had not admitted that he hit her.
Brian Laundrie’s alleged mistreatment of Gabby Petito parallels patterns of domestic abuse, numerous experts have explained to Fox News. And her reaction to the presence of the police, on the verge of tears and blaming herself all the time, could be signs that a victim is being manipulated by her abuser.
They carry out an internal investigation of officers who carried out the stop
The city of Moab announced an independent investigation into the handling of the traffic stop by its police department earlier this month. State authorities told Fox News this week that they are not involved in that investigation.
Brian Laundrie returned to Florida on September 1 alone, driving the van in which the couple was traveling across the United States. A few days later, he bought a new cell phone, according to his attorney, Steve Bertolino.
Follow the search for Brian Laundrie
Then he put down the phone, his wallet and disappeared. The FBI is now leading a manhunt for the 23-year-old, who is wanted on charges of debit card fraud and who has been named as a “person of interest” in the Gabby Petito murder.
Before police allegedly encountered Brian Laundrie as he was speeding on the entrance ramp to Arches National Park north of the city, a dispatcher told him that a group witnessed “a man hit a woman” outside the Moonflower Cooperative, an organic grocery store just off Main Street.
Although a new video about Gabby Petito was released, the recordings by the rangers
When the first officer turned on the lights of his patrol, Brian Laundrie hit the sidewalk and later claimed that Gabby Petito had moved the wheel. She mentioned that she was trying to get Laundrie’s attention when she saw the lights.
Two Moab police officers responded to the incident and two American rangers also arrived at the scene. Federal authorities have not yet released the videos from the Rangers’ body cameras, Fox News said.
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