Gabby Petito’s boyfriend flipped out at a Wyoming restaurant during the couple’s ill-fated cross-country trip, getting so “aggressive” with the staff that Petito had to apologize for him, according to a new report.
The disturbing incident at the Merry Piglets restaurant in Jackson Hole came just two days after the Long Island native last spoke to her mother — and the same day her mom said she got an “odd text” from her daughter’s phone.
“I have chills right now,” Nina Celie Angelo, who witnessed the blow up, told Fox News. “It’s crazy because it wasn’t just like we passed them on the street. It was a full-blown incident.”
Angelo said she was at the Tex-Mex eatery around 1 p.m. on Aug. 27 when they saw Petito’s agitated boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, “aggressively” arguing with the restaurant staff.
Angelo said she believed the argument was over the couple’s bill and said Laundrie stormed out and returned four times — while Petito later came into the restaurant and apologized for her beau’s behavior.
About 4 1/2 hours later, Angelo said she and her boyfriend, Matthew England, passed the couple’s white 2012 Ford Transit van just north of town.
That same day Petito’s mother, Nichole Schmidt, told police she received an “odd text” from her daughter’s phone that referred to her grandfather as “Stan” — something the slain 22-year-old never used to reference him.
On Sept. 1, Laundrie returned home to the couple’s house in Florida without Petito, and quickly lawyered up and refused to cooperate with police about her disappearance.
He was identified as a person of interest in the case but has since fled and is now the subject of a massive police manhunt.
Tipsters told police they had seen Laundrie “acting weird” at the Bridger-Teton National Forest between Aug. 27 and Aug. 30. The forest is where the FBI-led search team found Petito’s body on Sunday, about 30 miles from the restaurant, and now the feds are looking to speak to anyone who was in the national park around that same time period.
An autopsy this week confirmed the body was Petito’s and ruled her death a homicide.
Angelo said she and England had all but forgotten about the restaurant flare-up until they saw the couple’s images on TV.
“[England] goes, ‘Nina, that was the couple fighting at the restaurant,’” Angelo told Fox. “And it stopped me in my tracks. It felt like the blood left my body. I was like, ‘Oh my God, I completely forgot about that incident.’”
Angelo and England said they reported the incident to the FBI, saying they’re certain they saw Petito in what authorities believe were her final days.
According to England, the clincher was police bodycam footage of a “domestic report” involving the couple in Moab, Utah, on Aug. 12.
“I spent the last three or four days really kind of racking my brain,” England said. “And I woke up this morning and went to Facebook, and there was that video with the police. Right away, that was the couple.”
“I would bet $10 million,” he said. “I’m 1,000 percent sure that was him and that was her.”