This Aug. 12, 2021 file photo from video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, near the entrance to Arches National Park. (The Moab Police Department via AP, File)

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A man from New York who bears a striking resemblance to wanted fugitive Brian Laundrie told the New Yorker that U.S. Marshals busted into a cabin he was staying in, aimed their guns at him, and briefly detained him before letting him go.

Laundrie is wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for fraud-related charges and is a person of interest in the homicide of his fiancée, 22-year-old Gabby Petito. Petito’s death has attracted international attention, partially owing to the confusing circumstances of her disappearance and because, before her disappearance, she and Laundrie were posting about their “van life” cross-country trip on social media. 

Severin Beckwith and his partner were recently staying in a cabin in western North Carolina while hiking the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Virginia, he told the New Yorker. The New York resident heard a knock at the door before U.S. Marshals burst into his room, he said.

“Next thing I see is a bunch of guys with riot shields with ‘U.S. Marshals’ written on them,” Beckwith told the New Yorker. “Handguns pointed at my face.”

A spokesperson from the U.S. Marshals told VICE News in a statement that the Marshals were acting in support of a tip received by the Graham County (North Carolina) Sheriff’s Office. 

“In this instance, the Graham County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) in North Carolina had received a tip that the fugitive Brian Laundrie had been sighted in their jurisdiction,” the Marshals …….


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