Cops: George Zimmerman pointed gun at girlfriend

By Steve Patrick, Managing editor of digital content, spatrick@news4jax.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:44:31 PM EST
Updated On: Nov 18 2013 11:46:00 PM EST

Trouble has found George Zimmerman...AGAIN. He's the man acquitted of shooting and killing an unarmed Trayvon Martin back in July. This time he's accused of assaulting his girlfriend. He was arrested around 1:30 Monday afternoon.

APOPKA, Fla. -

The man acquitted of criminal charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin was arrested Monday after deputies say he pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend, pushed her and broke a table.

George Zimmerman was charged with assault after the woman called deputies to the home where they were living and claimed he pointed the gun at her during an argument, authorities said.

The jail's website's showed Zimmerman was booked into the Seminole County Jail at 1:43 p.m. The website says he is not eligible for bail.

"Just when you thought you heard the last of George Zimmerman," said neighbor Catherine Cantrell.

Cantrell said she had twice seen a man who looked like Zimmerman get out of a truck that's been in the driveway for nearly a month. The truck parked there Monday appeared to be the same one that reporters have seen Zimmerman drive previously.

"I'm in absolute shock. He was never outside. It's not like he was out flaunting around," she said.

Cantrell said the woman who lived in the home was very sweet and quiet.

Listen (WARNING: Explicit language): Girlfriend's 911 call | Zimmerman's 911 call

Sarah Tyler, 26, also lives across the street from the tan stucco house on a cul-de-sac street of single family homes in Apopka, about 15 miles northwest of Orlando.

"It's kind of frightening," she said, adding that she only saw a woman came out of the house.

George Zimmerman 11-18-13 Seminole County mug shot "People who have suggested that George Zimmerman is some sort of ticking time bomb, or something along those lines, probably have a tremendous amount of ammunition to believe that based on this past incident,” said Attorney Gene Nichols. “Clearly we see that George Zimmerman cannot stay out of the spotlight and of the limelight when it comes to the police.”

Nichols told Channel 4 Monday night that whether Zimmerman had a gun during Monday’s confrontation with his girlfriend will play a big role in the future.

“If there's an allegation that he had a gun, and they come in, there's no gun, and there's no time or order to remove the gun from the premises, then it's going to call into question everything she has said and everything that she has alleged,” said Nichols.

Nichols told Channel 4 Monday that if convicted on these charges, Zimmerman could face a minimum, mandatory sentence of three years in prison.

The former neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted in July of all charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The death of the black teenager, who was unarmed, touched off a nationwide debate about race and self-defense. Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, has said he shot the 17-year-old to defend himself during a fight in February 2012 inside a gated community in Sanford, just outside Orlando.

He wasn't charged until 44 days after the shooting, leading to protests nationwide from people who believed he should have been immediately arrested. The case sparked accusations that Zimmerman had racially profiled Martin, and demonstrations broke out again after his acquittal. Federal authorities are now reviewing the case to see if Martin's civil rights were violated.

Zimmerman has had other brushes with the law since his acquittal.

Zimmerman and his estranged wife were involved in a domestic dispute in September just days after Shellie Zimmerman filed divorce papers, but police later said no charges were filed against either of them because of a lack of evidence.

Zimmerman has also been pulled over three times for traffic stops since his acquittal. He was ticketed for doing 60 mph in a 45 mph zone in Lake Mary in September and was given a warning by a state trooper along Interstate 95 for having a tag cover and windows that were too darkly tinted. He was also stopped near Dallas in July and was given a warning for speeding.

In 2005, Zimmerman had to take anger management courses after he was accused of attacking an undercover officer who was trying to arrest Zimmerman's friend.

Later that year, Zimmerman's former fiancee filed for a restraining order against him, alleging domestic violence. Zimmerman responded by requesting a restraining order against her. Both requests were granted. No criminal charges were filed.

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