11/18/2013

Fla. police arrest Zimmerman over domestic dispute

Details of Zimmerman's charges aren't clear, but police were responding to a disturbance call at his girlfriend's home

By Rene Stutzman and Arelis Hernandez
Orlando Sentinel

ORLANDO, Fla. — George Zimmerman was arrested Monday and was headed for the Seminole County Jail, according to Sheriff Don Eslinger.

It's not clear what happened or what crime he's accused of committing, but just before 1:30 p.m. EST, Eslinger confirmed that Zimmerman had been arrested and was being driven to the county jail in Sanford.

WESH-Channel 2 reported that Zimmerman was accused of domestic violence by a girlfriend.

The Sheriff's Office, in a short news release, reported that the agency had arrested Zimmerman after being called to a disturbance on Topfield Court in western Seminole County near Apopka about 1 p.m.

Zimmerman's new girlfriend, a 27-year-old, lives in the 1300 block of Topfield Court, according to an unrelated Lake Mary police report.

Zimmerman, 30, is the former Neighborhood Watch volunteer who was acquitted in July on a charge that he murdered Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, last year.

Since then, Zimmerman has had a string of run-ins with law enforcement. In September he was handcuffed by Lake Mary police but released after his estranged wife, Shellie, and her father accused him of threatening them with a gun while they were moving out her belongings.

Zimmerman had arrived at that scene with a woman, Samantha Scheibe, who was described a few days later as his girlfriend by Shellie Zimmerman's attorney, Kelly Sims.

Last week, Lake Mary police officially closed that case, saying they had no solid evidence that Zimmerman had broken the law.

When they searched Zimmerman that afternoon, he had no gun, but he has a concealed weapons permit, and Scheibe told Lake Mary police that the couple was in lawful possession of guns that day in their vehicle.

According to that Sept. 9 incident report, Scheibe "stated she had no idea what was going on and was visibly shaken."
She answered only a few questions from officers that day and refused to give a written statement.

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