U.S. Marshals confronted a Brian Laundrie lookalike at gunpoint while in bed in a resort on the Appalachian Trail.
Recalling the incident to the New Yorker, the Laundrie doppelganger said he was having a midday sleep in the Lodge at Fontana Village Resort, North Carolina when the door burst open.
“Next thing I see is a bunch of guys with riot shields with ‘U.S. Marshals’ written on them, handguns pointed at my face,” said Severin Beckwith. The outlet described Beckwith as having a shaved head and a beard, in addition to his light-colored skin and slim figure.
He was handcuffed while still in his underwear and escorted down the hallway after officials helped him put his clothes on.
Beckwith and his girlfriend Anna Brettmann were traveling in the woods along the Appalachian Trail between Georgia and Virginia. The New York natives paid a short visit to the resort as they were exhausted from days under the rains.
While Beckwith has an earmark resemblance to Laundrie, he does not have the same tattoo that 23-year-old Brian Laundrie has. In addition, his ID card reads a different name and a different address.
After the mistake was settled, the feds took Beckwith’s fingerprints and suggested he get rid of his beard while the search for Laundrie was ongoing. Laundrie is the only person of interest in the death of his 22-year-old fiance Gabby Petito.
Beckwith suggested employees of the resort suspected him of being a fugitive after viewing his credit card in addition to his appearance. His credit card bears a New York address, the homeland of Petito. Laundrie was also charged by the FBI for using his fiance’s bank card after she went missing.
The resort later apologized to the New York couple with a night and a breakfast free of charge, making the mistaken police encounter less of a troublesome experience for Beckwith.
“It was a buffet,” Beckwith said of the free meal. “We took as much as we could.”
The manhunt effort joined by multiple law enforcement agencies has solely focused on the Carlton Reserve, where Laundrie purportedly headed before going missing.
Officials are straining to locate the 23-year-old; most tips have congregated in the area where Beckwith was captured throughout the weeks. It is unclear if this latest confirmation would trim down reports of such sightings.