Harrowing bodycam footage shows van-life vlogger Gabby Petitio crying in front of police as she is asked why she slapped her boyfriend Brian Laundry in an argument 13 days before he disappeared.
The video was captured by the Moab City Police Department in Utah as they answered a 911 call about a domestic violence incident petito, 22, and laundry, 23, outside a grocery store on Aug. 12.
The hour-long clip begins with officers pulling the couple’s white 2012 Ford Transit van out of the passenger-side window.
With tears streaming down his face, Petito told the officer: “We’ve only been fighting this morning. Some personal issues.”
Brian says: “It’s been a long day. We were camping and camping yesterday [inaudible] and stuff.”
Petito is then ordered out of the vehicle and separated from laundry.
“I’m so sorry officer,” Pettito called as he opened the door.
Petito is clearly emotional as she attempts to explain to the officer what she and the laundry were arguing about.
“I have OCD and I was just cleaning and straightening…,” she says crying. “And I was apologizing to him and saying I’m sorry I’m so mean that sometimes I get so mean because I have OCD and I get really frustrated.
“Not like a mean to him I think my vibe is like a bad mood and I said I’m sorry I’m in a bad mood I stress I had too much work to do.”
She then tells the officer that they are traveling the country and His travel blogging.
“We’ve been fighting all morning and he didn’t let me get in the car earlier,” she says.
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The officer asks why, “Is it because of your OCD?”
Petito, in a frenzy, replies: “Yeah. He told me I needed to calm down, but I’m completely sober.”
She then adds that the laundry “really bothers me a lot” and that it’s been a “rough morning”.
The officer tried to pacify Pettito by assuring him “not in any trouble” and led him into the back of a police car, telling him to “take a breath” for “a few minutes”.
Laundry is then asked to step out of the van to explain his side of the story. The audio cuts out intermittently in the footage as he is speaking.
a smiling laundry admits to the officer that the couple The first one was a “disagreement”, describing the nature of the argument as “normal couple stuff… lots of little things”.
According to the police report, there are scratch marks on his face and hand.
He tells the officer that Petito “actually works sometimes” and that he tries to “distance” himself from it.
An argument ensued, he said, when Petito tried to take the van keys off him. There was a discrepancy on her phone as well, Laundry explains.
He said he didn’t get “overly physical” with Petito, but tried to push him away by yelling at him.
At this point, Petito tells the laundry officer that Petito was “already dangling” while holding his phone as he attempted to stop her.
“He had his cellphone in his hand, so I was pushing it away,” he says. “I said let’s take a breath and let’s go nowhere. Let’s calm down for a minute.
“I know I shouldn’t have pushed him, but I was trying to tell him to step back and breathe a minute. And he hit me with his phone.”
A second officer notes scratches on the laundry’s arm, arms, and torso.
“I love Gabby. I have no complaints about her,” he said. “And I hope he doesn’t have too many complaints about me.”
‘Did he kill you?’
Elsewhere in the clip, Pettito is interviewed again while he is sitting in the back of the police car.
An officer asks him if the laundry hit him. She responds “I think” through tears, and then grabs her chin in a grabbing motion to recreate what Laundry allegedly did.
“She’s like, she did it with her hand,” she says, as the audio cuts.
She goes on to say that she suffers from “anxiety” and that the laundry “gets very frustrating.”
Denying that any of them were drinking, Pettito admitted that she “was yelling at him” and then “went on, ‘You’re an idiot’” as she made a punching motion with her hand.
Pettito is questioned by the officer about what he was trying to achieve by killing the laundry.
“I was trying to stop him from asking to calm down,” she said, breaking out in a flood of tears.
the officer then instructs pair to separate for the night.
“I want you guys to stay away from each other tonight,” the police say before telling Pettito, “Relax, take a breath, because there’s no need to cry anymore.”
‘Can’t stop crying’
In the police report of the incident, Laundry is listed as the victim and Petito as the suspect.
Police said that all parties agreed that Petito slapped Laundry and did not hit her, and that there was no serious injury and that neither party wanted to level charges.
The incident was classified as a “mental/emotional health break” rather than a domestic assault.
The officer wrote that at “no point” in her investigation, Gabby “stopped crying, breathing heavily, or composing a sentence without wiping tears, wiping her nose, or rubbing her knees with her hands.” “
According to police, Petito and Laundry were reluctant to part ways but eventually agreed to do so. He helped Laundy get a hotel room Petito captured the van.
Police are expected to hold a press conference at noon local time on Thursday to provide updates on their investigation.
Bodycam footage captured 13 days before the petitio Last seen in person.
Petito, who had been traveling around the country in his camper van with laundry since July 2, was last known to visit Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on August 25.
On September 11, her mother officially reported her missing, two weeks after she last spoke to her daughter on the phone, and ten days after she returned to Florida in their van without laundry.
Laundry has since retained a lawyer and has so far refused to cooperate with police.
Gabby’s mother, Nicole Schmidt, told the media that she had sent desperate messages to the laundry and her family about where Petito was but was ignored.
Laundry has not yet been named a suspect But the person of interest in the matter is considered.
In a statement, Petito’s family said: “As the search for Gabby continues every day, the Schmidt and Petito family grows more desperate. They search for answers and information about their daughter’s disappearance, while Brian continues to search for information about his daughter’s disappearance. Sitting comfortably at home.
“Bryan claims he wants to sit in the background as we search for Gabby in the wilderness of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.”
He called their silence “reprehensible” and begged them to “do the right thing and help us get Gabby home”.
“Brian, whatever happened in Wyoming, happened. The only thing you can control is what you do now. Tell us where Gabby is,” he said.
In reply, of laundry The attorney issued a statement Wednesday night seeking to explain his client’s desire to remain silent.
“Many are wondering why Mr Laundry will not make a statement or speak with law enforcement in the matter of Ms Petito’s absence,” it read.
“In my experience, intimate partners are often the first ones law enforcement turns their attention to in matters like this and the caveat that “any statement will be used against you” is true, even if my client’s with Ms. There must be something to do. Pettito’s disappearance.
“As such, Mr. Laundry is not speaking on the matter on the advice of the lawyer.”
Laundry ‘Harrier’ Detection
North Port Police Chief Todd Garrison spoke about the case on “Good Morning America” Thursday morning.
He said there are no plans to obtain a search warrant for Laundry’s parents’ home, where the two lived.
“We have no crime in this. We are investigating a missing person.”
“Two people went on a trip and one person returned. And that person isn’t talking to us,” Garrison said.
“The pieces of the puzzle are what we need to be able to find Gabby,” he added Laundry.
“As a father, I can imagine Gabby’s family going through pain and suffering,” Garrison said. “We have been requesting anyone, including Brian, to share information about his whereabouts over the past few weeks.
“The lack of information from Brian is hindering the investigation.
“The answers will eventually emerge.”