Gabby Pettito told Utah Police that her boyfriend Brian Laundry assaulted her during a marital argument on Aug. 12, according to a body camera video obtained Thursday by Fox News.
The attack reportedly took place shortly before police arrested the couple at the entrance to Arches National Park. A 911 caller told police he saw a man slap a woman outside an organic grocery store in Moab.
Laundry, who was driving Pettito’s white 2012 Ford Transit, slammed into the sidewalk when police flashed their lights. He later told them that Petito had pulled the steering wheel.
“Did he hit you?” According to Fox News, an officer asked Petito, who obtained a second body camera video from police at the scene.
“My guess. I guess so, ”said Petito in tears. “But I hit him first.”
“Where did he kill you?” The officer responded, according to the outlet. “Don’t worry, just be honest.”
“He didn’t like hitting me in the face,” Petito reportedly told the officer, about two weeks before he was last seen alive. “He didn’t like hitting me in the face or anything.”
“Did he slap you in the face, or what?” The officer asked, according to Fox.
“Well he grabbed me with his fingernail, and I think it looks like I definitely have a cut here,” he reportedly said, rubbing his cheek. “I can feel it, when I touch it it burns.”
“He was really frustrated with me, and he threw me out of the car and told me to breathe, but I didn’t want to breathe. And I wanted to go. We are out of the water.
The new video allegedly shows the witness explaining that he did not see the laundry “kill the woman” when police questioned her.
According to the article, the witness said, “I wouldn’t say that.” “I think I probably saw a push or a push, but I didn’t see a full punch in the face or anything.”
The officer reportedly asked, “You saw him slap him, although it appears to be.”
“Yes”, replied the witness.
The laundry, 23, has been on the run for more than two weeks, as police continue to investigate the murder of Petitio, 22, whose body was found in a Wyoming park on September 19.
Moab City Police Department Chief Brett Edge took leave earlier this week as internal investigators investigate whether police have mishandled the situation by allowing the couple to drive without pressure or not.
Two local officers were later joined by two US forest rangers at a traffic stop, leading to footage of former “America’s Most Wanted” host John Walsh calling Petito a victim of “classic domestic violence.” .
Ranger body camera footage was withheld.