George Zimmerman finds himself behind bars again. This time, his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, alleges that he pointed a gun at her and pushed her out of her home before he locked himself inside the house. According to the Sheriff’s Office in Seminole County, on Monday, Scheibe complained that Zimmerman shattered her glass table and threatened her with a shotgun when she ordered him to leave her house. Scheibe told police that she and Zimmerman have been a couple since August and that she wanted him to leave.
Scheibe gave the officers her key to the house, and the officers broke in to find Zimmerman sitting unarmed, “passive and cooperative,” stated police. As officers broke in, they found furniture propped in front of the door. Officials say that he surrendered and police arrested him and transported him to jail without incident. Back behind bars, Zimmerman is facing charges for domestic violence and aggravated assault.
Deputies believed Zimmerman had two guns inside the house. The sheriff’s office would seek a search warrant, Lemma said. It appeared the suspect had secured the guns under lock and key before police responded to the 911 call.
Sources report that while Zimmerman barricaded himself inside the home, he made a call to 911 and stated that his girlfriend was “going crazy” on him and tossing his belongings out. He then added that his girlfriend and the police are outside. The dispatcher stated that Zimmerman said, “I just want everyone to know the truth,” after the dispatcher asked him why he was calling.
On February 26, 2012, Zimmerman was accused of fatally shooting an unarmed teenager in a gated community where he held watch as a volunteer security officer. A Sanford, Florida court acquitted Zimmerman on the charge of murder of Trayvon Martin. The case spurred a national debate as people protested against the way law enforcement was handling the race and self-defense case.
Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie Zimmerman, filed for divorce in September and that same month, accused her husband of threatening her with a gun. The dispute did not rise to criminal levels and therefore Zimmerman received no charges. NBC reported later that month that Mrs. Zimmerman was having doubts that her husband was innocent in the case of Trayvon Martin’s death.
In October, Mrs. Zimmerman stated that her husband “fired 17 bullets” into a wall in her parents’ home. According to his ex-wife, her father was punched in the nose by Zimmerman. He then took, smashed, and cut her iPad with a pocket knife. Ultimately, Lake Mary police stated that no charges would stand due to insufficient evidence. Supposedly, no weapons were found on Zimmerman.
Since his acquittal, police have pulled Zimmerman over three times. He has been stopped twice for speeding, and once for having illegally tinted windows and a license plate cover. All of these officers issued him warnings and no tickets. Behind bars again, Zimmerman was arraigned Tuesday and posted a $9,000 bond. On a final point, Zimmerman has been barred from possessing guns.
By Christina L. Ibbotson