George Zimmerman Arrested
I am just getting the details together and will post it later, but wanted to open this up for comments.
George Zimmerman is being held without bond, with arraignment tomorrow, so this will continuously be updated.
Funny thing. Someone asked yesterday how Zimmerman was living, and I replied that he was probably living with a woman. That was true – until today. Tonight, George Zimmerman is behind bars.
At 12:30 p.m. Monday, Deputies received a call from 27-year-old Samantha Scheibe.
George Zimmerman was arrested near the intersection of Topfield Court and Bonnie Drive in Apopka, FL.
Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office said Monday during a news conference in Sanford that Zimmerman is charged with aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief.
“The victim indicated she and George Zimmerman were having a verbal dispute, and at that time, she alleged that he had broken a table, and at one point, pointed a long-barrel shotgun at her,” said Lemma. “He actually pushed her out of the front of the residence and barricaded the door with furniture.”
Deputies say Zimmerman put his girlfriend out of the house and barricaded the front door by wedging furniture against the door before officers arrived. His girlfriend was outside the home and gave deputies a key to get inside.
(Didn’t Shellie also allege that George locked the front door of the house they shared while she was moving her belongings, causing her to run to the garage where he also tried closing the garage door on her?)
When deputies arrived, they were able to open to door and push away the furniture. Lemma says once deputies got inside, Zimmerman did not resist and was not armed. He says investigators hope to search the home for any weapons.
Zimmerman was transported and booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility. He is being held on no-bond status. The Sheriff’s Office is also requesting electronic monitoring, should Zimmerman be released. They said this is an extra step that law enforcement requests in domestic battery cases.
George Zimmerman called 911 after the police arrived. He told dispatch that his girlfriend is pregnant with their child. To hear the recording of his 911 call, click here.
According to George Zimmerman, Samantha had asked him to leave her house and she was packing his things. Orlando Sentinel reports that according to the police report, Samantha said when she told Zimmerman that she was calling the police, he pointed the shotgun at her “and asked her if she really wanted to do that.”
Hat tip to Yahtzee. Click here for the recording of Samantha’s 911 call.
Interesting that Samantha told the dispatcher, “He knows how to do this. He knows how to play the game.”
Let’s roll back time. In September when the police were called by Shellie Zimmerman, Samantha Scheibe was present. Kelly Sims, Shellie’s attorney, identified Samantha as George’s girlfriend, but there were reports that Wes, George’s bodyguard, and Samantha, said they were all simply friends who had known each other since they were children. Now, George says differently. Today, Samantha told the dispatcher and she and George have been together since August.
According to Shawn Vincent, a spokesman for attorney Mark O’Mara, “Mark O’Mara is not representing George Zimmerman in today’s matter,” won’t represent him in any other new criminal complaints and “as such, it is not appropriate for him to make any comment.”
Click here for a copy of the police arrest record.