New York – A Utah police report shows potential mental health concerns and tension between Gabby Pettito and Brian Laundry when they responded to a domestic violence incident.
Police in Moab released a report on the incident that happened weeks before his disappearance.
On August 21, 2021, police were called to report a “domestic problem” that occurred near a member-owned natural food store and Daily Moonflower Co-op in Moab.
The couple had already left the scene in their white Ford Transit van with a black staircase in the back after some sort of altercation between the male and female.
The van was pulled over by officers near Arches National Park. Officials say the vehicle left its lane and hit a curb before stopping near the park’s entrance. Petito said he did this after hitting the laundry arm to alert the police.
Co-op, Petito, and a witness officers interviewed at the laundry all gave a similar description of the incident to the officers who wrote the police report.
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He said that there was some kind of dispute between the two. Laundry tries to distance himself by asking Petito to take a walk to calm down but he starts slapping him. Petito grabbed her face and pushed her back as she pressed on her and the van. He tried to lock it, but he opened the driver’s door and forcibly took it over before the car could move on.
None of them said that the laundry had hit him. The couple reported that they were in love and engaged to be married and did not want to see anyone accused of a crime.
Officials said there were no significant injuries and both agreed that he was suffering from severe anxiety. An officer said she was crying by the time he interviewed her.
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The officer determined that the incident was more of a mental/emotional health issue than a domestic assault.
The officers found accommodation for the laundry for the night and stayed with the Petito van. They both agreed to separate for the night.
No charges were leveled.
Police have now named Brian Laundry as a person of interest in the disappearance of the 22-year-old boy Gabrielle Petito. he said he was back home North Port, Florida His family had reported his disappearance 10 days ago.
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