Zimmerman is arrested, accused of pointing gun at girlfriend

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- George Zimmerman was arrested Monday after he cocked and pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend, shattered a glass-top table, then pushed her out of the house and barricaded himself inside after she ordered him to move out, according to the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

He surrendered peacefully a few minutes later and was hauled off to jail, where he was being held without bail on domestic violence and aggravated assault charges.

It was the second time in three months that the former Sanford, Fla., neighborhood watch volunteer, who was acquitted of murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was handcuffed after being accused of domestic violence and threatening a woman with a gun. In a September blow-up with his estranged wife, police filed no charges.

While deputies were outside, banging on the door, trying to get him to come out, Mr. Zimmerman called 911 and blamed Monday's dispute on his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, 27, who he said had "gone crazy on me." The couple had been living together in the home she rented since August, said Seminole County Chief Deputy Dennis Lemma.

Ms. Scheibe was pregnant, Mr. Zimmerman told the dispatcher, and had decided to raise the child on her own. He wanted the parting to be peaceful, he said, and began packing, including a bag in which he had placed guns, but Ms. Scheibe then went out of control, he told a dispatcher.

"She just started smashing stuff, taking stuff that belonged to me," he said.

While he was still giving his version of events to a dispatcher, deputies unlocked the door, forced aside furniture that he had used to barricade himself inside and took him into custody, Deputy Lemma said. The deputy said Ms. Scheibe is not pregnant.

Mr. Zimmerman was locked in a one-man cell at the Seminole County Jail and is to appear today at 1:30 p.m. before Seminole County Judge Fred Scott, who must decide whether there is enough evidence to support his arrest and whether Mr. Zimmerman should be released on bail.

In addition to the aggravated assault with a weapon, a felony, he is accused of domestic violence battery and criminal mischief -- for breaking the table and damaging other property belonging to Ms. Scheibe.

Chris White, chief of operations for the State Attorney's Office in Sanford, said that if the judge agrees to release Mr. Zimmerman, his office would ask that he be barred from possessing guns. Deputy Lemma said his office would ask that Mr. Zimmerman be placed on a satellite monitoring device if released.

Ms. Scheibe told a dispatcher that there were four guns in the house: Mr. Zimmerman's shotgun, an assault rifle and two handguns. Mr. Zimmerman has a concealed weapons permit.


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