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Protester clashes with neighbor outside Laundrie home: Former FBI chief says they ‘MUST know more’


New video captured the moment Thursday night when one of Brian Laundrie’s neighbors threw a punch at a protester who has been camped outside his parent’s home in North Point, Florida

The incident outside the Laundries’ home comes as former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe insisted that the parents ‘must know more’ than they are sharing. 

Protester John Riches and an unidentified woman carrying a megaphone also seemed to share that sentiment when they were approached by a fed-up neighbor looking to disperse the small gathering. 

‘Where’s your property?’ Riches asks the irate neighbor. 

‘Don’t worry about it,’ the neighbor responds as he continues to yell in Riches’ face. 

The neighbor then takes a swing but apparently misses Riches, who starts to walk away as the woman steps up to the confrontation and yells ‘hey.’  

‘F**k you too. Get off my property,’ the neighbor responds in her face. 

Video captured the tense scene as Brian Laundrie’s neighbor (left) clashes with protesters (John Riches pictured right) outside the family home in North Point, Florida on Thursday 

The neighbor was angered by Riches and an unidentified woman who he claimed were encroaching on his property Thursday evening

The neighbor was angered by Riches and an unidentified woman who he claimed were encroaching on his property Thursday evening

When the woman asks if the neighbor is going to hit her, he continues to scream at Riches ‘Imma tell you motherf**ker,’ before Riches cuts him off and say ‘you’re getting arrested pal.’

‘You can sit here all you want with your megaphone I don’t care,’ the neighbor continues on, ‘but if you go on my property I’m gonna f***ing beat your ass.’

Riches yells back, ‘I didn’t go on your property. You’re going to prison buddy, you’re going to prison. Calling 911. You’re going to prison.’ He appears to be holding his phone in the air potentially recording the tense situation. 

The neighbor then proceeds to take out his phone and appears to show Riches something as he asks, ‘that’s not you on my property right there?’ And screams at the woman to ‘shut up’ as she continues to try to interject. 

The neighbor then motions toward the pair, causing both Riches and the woman to flinch backward as he yells ‘Imma kill you.’ 

‘The whole world’s watching you. You just assaulted me on camera,’ Riches shouts back to the neighbor repeatedly as the man eventually turns and walks away. Riches warns the man that he will be pressing charges.

There were no police reports of the neighbor being arrested or that Riches was punched. 

Riches then begins following the man, telling him ‘If you wanna sit here and support the Laundrie family, shame on you too.’ 

Protestors have been gathering outside of the Laundrie home chanting with megaphones at all hours since Monday (Pictured: Gabby Petito, left, and Brian Laundrie, right, were on a cross-country road trip when she was killed)

Protestors have been gathering outside of the Laundrie home chanting with megaphones at all hours since Monday (Pictured: Gabby Petito, left, and Brian Laundrie, right, were on a cross-country road trip when she was killed)

Brian's parents, Chris and Roberta, have not commented on Petito's death or their son's disappearance (Pictured:  Chris, left, and Roberta, right, coming home after shopping at the local Walmart on September 23)

Brian’s parents, Chris and Roberta, have not commented on Petito’s death or their son’s disappearance (Pictured:  Chris, left, and Roberta, right, coming home after shopping at the local Walmart on September 23)

Records have shown that the Laundrie family went camping at Fort De Soto from September 6 to 8- two days before Petito was reported missing by her parents

Records have shown that the Laundrie family went camping at Fort De Soto from September 6 to 8- two days before Petito was reported missing by her parents 

Riches has been one the protesters who has been swarming the Laundrie family home, where Gabby Petito lived for two years, at all hours with megaphones and photos of Petito. 

He explained that he knew the Petito family personally, being acquainted with her cousin and dad’s side of the family. 

‘I take this very personally, I could feel their pain,’ Riches told The Sun. ‘Gabby’s family is suffering, this needs to stop. They can’t sleep, eat, they have police outside their home making sure they’re safe, so I took it personally.’

Riches claimed that many of the Laundrie’s neighbors seemed to approve of the demonstration, even offering restrooms and pizzas. 

‘I think the majority of the neighbors have no problem with us here, they want this to end, they want Brian found and justice for the family,’ Riches said. 

‘We’re gonna do this as long as he remains missing, hoping this puts pressure on the family to come forward. We’re speaking on behalf of millions who can’t be here.’

Brian Laundrie’s parents, Chris and Roberta, have not publicly spoken about Petito’s homicide or their son’s disappearance. 

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe said that 'it's almost impossible' that the Laundrie's don't have more information than they are sharing

Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe said that ‘it’s almost impossible’ that the Laundrie’s don’t have more information than they are sharing

'Really nice campground, beautiful area with many hikes and easy walks, the beach, historic sites, really nice camp store and well maintained sites!' Gabby and Brian said in a review of the Fort De Soto campsite during their visit two months ago (pictured)

‘Really nice campground, beautiful area with many hikes and easy walks, the beach, historic sites, really nice camp store and well maintained sites!’ Gabby and Brian said in a review of the Fort De Soto campsite during their visit two months ago (pictured) 

An extensive search for Laundrie has been underway since his parents reported him missing on September 17 - two days after he was named a person of interest in the homicide of Petito, whose remains were found on September 19

An extensive search for Laundrie has been underway since his parents reported him missing on September 17 – two days after he was named a person of interest in the homicide of Petito, whose remains were found on September 19

McCabe, who took over as acting FBI chief after James Comey was fired by Donald Trump before he himself was dismissed by then-Attorney General Jeff Session,  questioned how truthful Laundrie’s parents have been

‘What do [Brian] Laundries parents really know?’ he asked during an appearance on  Headline News Wednesday. 

McCabe said he finds it highly unlikely that the Laundrie family did not discuss what happened to Petito on the cross-country road trip during which she was killed. 

‘When you think about essentially taking a weekend camping vacation with your son who just returned from months on the road camping with his fiancée, and returned without his fiancée – it’s almost impossible to imagine that conversations didn’t take place between them about, oh, I don’t know ‘Where is your fiancee?’ and ‘Why did you leave her in Wyoming – or wherever he claims to have parted ways?’ 

McCabe was referring to the camping trip at Fort De Soto that records show the Laundrie family took from September 6 to September 8 – three days before Petito was reported missing.  

 

 

 

 





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