Laundry is not clearly linked to Pettito’s death. Nevertheless, a federal warrant for his arrest charged him with illegally using another person’s debit card and PIN number on August 30 and September 1.
The incident in Moab, Utah, occurred about two weeks before Petito last communicated with his family. Laundry returned to her parents’ home in Florida without her on September 1, and her family reported her missing 10 days later.
The caller said, “We passed by and the gentleman was slapping the girl.” “Then we stopped. They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her, jumped in the car and off they went.”
According to a police report from Moab Officer Eric Pratt, police tracked down the van and pulled over the couple after the vehicle had exceeded the speed limit, abruptly left its lane and hit a curb. According to body camera footage, the officer went to the passenger side of the vehicle, where, crying, Petito told him, “We’re only fighting this morning. Personal issues.”
The video shows a conversation between Petito and the police
The video from Pratt’s body camera is more than 52 minutes long and includes Petito telling officers that he had hit her first when Laundry hit her.
“You slapped him first? And just in the face?” Pratt can be heard asking Petito. “Well, he kept telling me to shut up,” replied Petito.
“Did he hit you, though? I mean, it’s okay if you’re saying you hit him, and then I understand he hit you, but we really want to know if he really hit you, Because you know…,” Pratt says.
“I think, I guess, yes, but I hit him first,” replied Petito. The officer then asks him where he hit him, encouraging him to be honest.
“Well, he grabbed my face, like, I guess… He didn’t like it, hit me in the face. He didn’t like me in the face or anything,” Pettito tells him.
“Did he slap you in the face or what?” Pratt asks.
“Well, like, he grabbed me by his fingernail, and I guess that’s why it looks like… of course I was bitten right here [points to cheek] Because I can feel it. When I touch it, it burns,” Petito says.
At one point, Petito asked the responding officers not to separate him from the laundry, “Like we’re a team, please. This worries me a lot. Can we have like a driving ticket?”
“The best thing I can do is call my supervisor and see if I’m missing something here,” the officer tells him.
Petito, weeping, offers to pay for any tickets instead of including the fee. Pratt tells her to try to calm down, calling her supervisor “to see if the supervisor can tell me something that I’m missing out on not to happen.”
The Moab police report stated that Laundry had minor scratches on his face and right arm, but “had no fear for his safety” and “did not demonstrate any indicator that he had ‘battered boyfriend syndrome’.” could be a victim.” “He was assessed to be at low risk of danger or harm as a result of his proximity to his fiancée.”
The video also provides additional audio of a witness’s account of the dispute provided to the police on a cell phone. The witness told the officer, “From what I saw, it looked like they were fighting over a phone. I want to say that he was trying to grab her phone, and I’m not sure why.” ”
“And then it’s like he walked to one side of the van and wasn’t letting her in, and then the guy was stepping on the driver’s seat and she was trying to get into the van, and he said something. About, ‘Why are you so mean?’ Something like that. I remember he hit her several times. And it wasn’t like a slug in the face, but like two kids fighting,” the witness says.
No charges were filed, and at the suggestion of the authorities, the couple separated for the night, laundry stayed in a hotel and took the Petito van.
“We understand that individuals can view the same situation very differently, and we recognize how Ms Petito’s death in Wyoming more than two weeks later has given rise to speculation about the actions taken during the incident in Moab. The purpose of the city’s formal investigation is to gather the underlying facts and evidence necessary to conduct a thorough, informed evaluation of such actions,” according to the city.
“At this time, the City of Moab is unaware of any violations of police department policy during this incident. However, the city will conduct a formal investigation and, based on the results, take any further steps that may be appropriate.”
Camping reservation changed before laundry returned home, records show
Officials said before she went missing — before Petito was reported missing — Laundry was camping with her family at a campground dozens of miles from their home.
Documents recently obtained by Granthshala from Pinellas County show that Brian Laundry’s mother made a camping reservation at Fort De Soto Park for the first weekend of September, only to change it to a later date and add another person. for.
According to the documents, the original dates reserved for the park were for September 1-3 for two people. That reservation was made on August 24, but was then canceled on August 31. The documents do not explain why camp reservations starting on September 1 were cancelled.
Pinellas County records show that Roberta Laundry made a new reservation on September 3, two days after her son returned home. The reservation was due to begin on September 6 for three people at Fort de Soto Park, which is located about 75 miles from the family home.
Steven Bertolino, a lawyer for Laundry’s family, confirmed to Granthshala that the family had been to the camp at the time, adding that the family left the park together.
When asked by Laundries about changing the date of reservations at the campground, Bertolino said he “doesn’t have details about DeSoto Park reservations other than family. [September] 1-3 but went to 6-7 instead.”
Also, on September 4, Laundry bought a cell phone at an AT&T store in North Port, Bertolino told Granthshala. The lawyer said that the phone was not a “burner phone” and that it required opening an account, Laundry left that phone at home “the day he went to preserve it on September 14, 2021 and is now with the FBI.” That’s the phone.” It’s unclear what happened to Laundry’s previous phone.
According to police, on September 14, three days after Pettito’s family reported her missing, Laundry’s parents said they had last seen her carrying a backpack from their home and said she was nearby. I was going to a natural sanctuary.
Police said the parents reported this to the police on September 17, three days after his alleged departure.
Petito’s remains are found two days later in Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest. A coroner later gave a preliminary ruling that his death was a homicide.
Granthshala’s Randy Kaye, Travis Caldwell, Eric Levenson, Ray Sanchez, Jason Hanna, Taylor Romaine, Joe Sutton and Kaylin Chassis contributed to this report.
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