George Zimmerman was arrested on Monday, November 18th for suspected aggravated assault with a weapon, domestic violence and criminal mischief. Zimmerman allegedly cocked and pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend, shattered a glass-top table, then pushed her out of the house. When police responded to a 911 call from Scheibe, Zimmerman’s girlfriend, they found he had barricaded himself inside the house.
Zimmerman claims Scheibe was pregnant and decided to raise the child alone. He started to pack peacefully, placing his clothes and guns in a bag, when Scheibe suddenly went out of control. Scheibe on the other hand described Zimmerman as being the aggressor. After she told Zimmerman she was going to call the police, Zimmerman pointed the gun at her for a minute and asked if she really wanted to do that. Police, not clear on exactly who is at fault, have confirmed that Scheibe is not pregnant.
This is the third time Zimmerman has been involved in disputes with women. In 2005, he and his live-in girlfriend got domestic-violence injunctions against each other. More recently, on September 9th he was handcuffed by Lake Mary police for another gun related assault. His estranged wife, Shellie, and her father accused him of threatening them with a gun while they were moving her belongings out of a house the couple had shared until Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce. Zimmerman had arrived at that scene with Scheibe, the woman involved in his current arrest.
Zimmerman is currently locked in a one-man cell at the Seminole County Jail and is set to appear Tuesday afternoon. Judge Fred Scott must decide whether there is enough evidence to support his arrest. If the judge agrees to release Zimmerman, the State Attorney’s Office in Sanford plans to ask that he be barred from possessing any future firearms.