According to a police incident report, police in Utah were called to a fight between missing YouTuber Gabby Petito and her boyfriend Brian Laundry days before she went missing.
A witness called the Moab City Police Department on August 12 at around 4:45 p.m. and said he felt “most frightened” after seeing the couple being assaulted in their van.
Attending Officer Daniel Robbins said it appeared the couple were going through a “mental health crisis,” a. According to Fox 13. Police incident report received by.
The officer said the couple both suffered from a mental illness, which caused them to argue more, and that they were not taking medication for it during the four to five months of the cross-country journey in their converted van.
“That time created emotional tension between them and increased the number of arguments,” Mr Robbins wrote.
Gabby Petito and Brian Laundry
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Gabby Petito and Brian Laundry
Ms Petito, 22, was last seen checking out of a Salt Lake City hotel with Mr Laundry on 24 August.
Her family last heard from her the next day when she told them she was in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and on her way to Yellowstone.
Mr Laundry was named as a “person of interest” by North Port Police in Florida on Wednesday after returning home to his parents alone. She has so far pelted stones at the police, instead sent them to a family lawyer, and has not reported her missing.
On 12 August, two Moab police officers, Mr. Robbins and Eric Pratt, were called to report a possible domestic violence incident on Main St., Moab, near Arches National Park.
Ms Petito posted a photo of herself in the national park on the same day.
According to the police account, Mr Laundry asked his girlfriend for a walk while they both calmed down.
He tried to get her out of the van, but she managed to get in through the driver’s door.
“He got into their van and Gabrielle went into a manic state. Brian said that Gabrielle, thinking he was going to leave her in Moab without a ride, went to slap her,” Mr Robbins wrote.
“As Gabrielle begins to swing, Brian pushes her away to avoid a slap.”
Police said according to the statement, Ms. Petito was out of balance, but she still grabbed Mr. Laundry’s face and right hand, leaving visible scratches.
When police pulled over the couple’s transit van, Mr Laundry said he thought Ms Petito had “grabbed the wheel of the van and pulled it, causing the van to hit the curb”.
Mr Robbins said he did not believe the incident had “raised to the level of a domestic assault”.
They decided to separate the couple for the night so they could “reset their mental state”.
Even though the couple wanted to be together, police arranged for Mr. Laundry to spend the night at a hotel via Sikhaven, a family crisis center in Moab.
Ms. Petito remained in the van.
“I instructed both Brian and Gabrielle to take advantage of this time to calm down their emotions and take control of their anxiety.
“I also told them to avoid contacting each other until Net Morning if possible.”
A second officer attended, Eric Pratt, said Mr Laundry “grabbed (Gabby’s) face and pushed her back” during the brawl.
“No one reported that the man hit the woman, both … reported that they were in love and engaged to be married and did not want to see anyone charged with a crime.”
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Gabby Petito