A dispute between a protester and a neighbor near the Florida home of Brian Laundrie’s parents resulted in an arrest on Wednesday.
Fox News reports that two protesters have been at the Laundrie family’s North Port home for the past two days, reportedly screaming over a megaphone and demanding justice for Gabby Petito. When a male protester allegedly stepped on a neighbor’s property to hang a “wanted” flyer of Brian Laundrie, a screaming match and fight ensued.
“You can sit here all you want with your megaphone. I don’t care, but you come on my property again, I’m going to f****** beat your a**,” the neighbor yelled at the protester.
Videos taken at the scene don’t show the protester stepping on the neighbor’s property, but the protester pulled out his phone and showed the neighbor that he captured the moment himself.
“You’re going to jail,” the protester said. “You just assaulted me on camera.”
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— Paul Best (@KincaidBest) September 30, 2021
The North Point Police Department confirmed that the neighbor, identified as Angelo Zappacosta, 48, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and battery. Zappacosta is accused of pushing the protester and then swinging at him, but failing to connect a punch.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 23-year-old Laundrie is wanted on a felony warrant following the death of his girlfriend, 22-year-old Gabby Petito. Laundrie and Petito embarked on a cross-country trip in July, but by September 1, Laundrie returned to his parents’ Florida with Petito’s van, sans Petito.
Earlier this month, authorities found Gabby’s deceased body in a remote area at the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming. Officials confirmed that the manner of death was a homicide but the cause of death is still pending.
Authorities issued the federal warrant for Laundrie for allegedly using a Capitol One Bank debit card without permission after Gabby passed away. Laundrie is said to have used the card between August 30 and September 1, “knowingly and with intent to defraud.”
Laundrie is now on the run, although his parents insist they have no idea where he is. They told police that Laundrie went to the Carlton Reserve in Florida on September 14 and never returned.
Since the news of Gabby’s disappearance and death, protesters, reporters, and others have been frequenting the Laundrie house. While some people have dropped off flowers for Gabby on the Laundries front lawn, others have chanted for justice.
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