FIRST ON FOX: The 911 caller who reported the home incident between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie in Moab, Utah, believed that the couple was combating over a cellphone and that Laundrie could have been attempting to ditch his fiancée, in accordance to a witness statement obtained by Fox News.

“They were talking aggressively [at] each other [and] something definitely seemed off,” the witness, acknowledged solely as Christopher, wrote. “At one point, they were sort of fighting over a phone – I think the male took the female’s phone. It appeared that he didn’t want her in the white van.”

The male, believed to be Laundrie, obtained into the driving drive’s seat, in accordance to Christopher, and the girl, believed to be Petito, adopted. It occurred out of doors the Moonflower Cooperative – an pure grocery retailer in downtown Moab. 

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Bodycam footage by the Moab City Police Department in Utah

Bodycam footage by the Moab City Police Department in Utah
(Moab City Police Department)

“I heard her say, ‘Why do you have to be so mean?’” the witness wrote.

He talked about that at one diploma, he noticed Petito allegedly “punching him in the arm” and attempting to get contained in the car – which was registered in her title.

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“From my point of view, something definitely didn’t seem right,” Christopher wrote. “It was as if the guy was trying to leave her, and maybe take her phone? Not sure but wanted to help out.”

Fox News Digital first reported the Aug. 12 home incident – which led to no arrests. A police report and bodycam video beforehand obtained by Fox News every concluded that Petito appeared to have been the aggressor.

However the 911 determine for the incident talked about that the caller had talked about that he witnessed “the gentleman slapping the girl.”

“He was slapping her?” the dispatcher requested.

“Yes, and then we stopped,” the caller, whose title was redacted in the recording, talked about. “They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her, hopped in the car and they drove off.”

 

The 911 caller talked about that Petito and Laundrie left in the van headed north – in the course of Arches National Park merely out of doors metropolis. That’s the place police bodycam video reveals officers pulled over Laundrie, who was dashing, driving erratically and hit the curb, and encountered a sobbing Petito.

Christopher’s statement furthermore tales that he “noticed another person had called this in.”

Laundrie is believed to have returned to his dad and mom’ house in North Port, Fla., with the van on Sept. 1, merely days after Petito was final heard from. The FBI talked about Sunday that search groups discovered stays which can be in all chance these of Petito shut to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Federal and native regulation enforcement had been attempting to uncover Laundrie in Florida Tuesday – a day after the FBI served search warrants on the house he shared with his dad and mom and Petito in North Port.