Gabby Petito told Utah police that her boyfriend Brian Laundrie beat her during their family dispute on August 12, according to a bodycam video found by Fox News and China.
The attack allegedly took place shortly before the pair were stopped by police at the entrance to Arches National Park. A 911 caller told police that he saw a man beating a woman outside a grocery store in Moab.
Laundrie, who was driving Petito’s 2012 Ford Transit white car, crashed into the road when police turned on their headlights. He later told them that Peter had drawn the steering wheel.
“Did he hit you?” the officer questioned Petito, according to Fox News, who received a second body video from police at the scene.
“I guess. I guess, yes,” Petito sobbed as he continued. “But I started beating him.”
“Where did he hit you?” the officer replied, according to the station. “Don’t worry, tell the truth.”
“He did not want to hit me in the face,” Petito reportedly told police, with two weeks to go before he could be found alive. “He didn’t want to hit me in the face or anything.”
“Did he slap you in the face, or what?” the officer asked, according to Fox.
“Well he likes it, he grabbed me with his nail, and I guess that’s why it looks like, I’m even cut here,” he said rubbing his cheek. “I can feel it, when I touch it it touches.”
“He got so upset with me that he locked me out of the car and let me breathe, but I did not want to breathe. And I wanted to go. We’re out of the water. ”
A new video allegedly showed the witness making it clear that he did not see Laundrie “beating a woman” when questioned by police.
“I would not say that,” the witness said, according to the statement. “I think I’ve seen maybe push or shove, but not a full punch to the face or anything.”
“You saw him slap her even though it sounded good,” said a police officer.
“Yes,” the witness replied.
Laundrie, 23, has been on the run for more than two weeks, police are still investigating Petitio’s murder, 22, whose body was found in Wyoming Park on September 19.
Moab Police Chief of Police Bret Edge took a leave of absence earlier this week as internal investigators checked to see if the police had rectified the situation by allowing the pair to drive away without forcing a charge.
Two local officials were later joined by two US Park Rangers at a checkpoint, with protesters leading former “Dear America” resident John Walsh to call Petito a “victim”.
Bodycam feet from the Ranger ‘remained under wraps.