AFRICANGLOBE – George Zimmerman allegedly confronted another driver during a road rage spat, during which he asked ‘Do you know who I am?’ and threatened to kill him.
Lake Mary police are investigating two reports involving the driver and 30-year-old Zimmerman, who was acquitted last year of a second-degree murder charge in the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
Police say that on Tuesday, Matthew Apperson, 35, was driving when he noticed a truck that ‘stayed next to him, not accelerating or slowing’ before he came to a traffic light.
Police released 911 calls from Apperson, in which he identifies Zimmerman as the driver and says he was ‘threatening to kick my ass and shoot me,’ and that ‘he was gonna shoot me dead.’
According to a police report, Apperson later stated had seen the ‘occupants were yelling at him’. When he lowered his window, Zimmerman said: ‘I f**king kill you. Do you know who I am?
Apperson said he drove to a nearby Circle K store and the truck had followed him. The police report states that as Matthew exited his vehicle, ‘the gold pick-up truck drove toward him, and stopped and began yelling at him again.’
He went to the store and asked to use the phone to call the police.
Zimmerman was gone by the time officers arrived. When speaking with Apperson, the officer stated he ‘observed a bulge in the front’ of Apperson’s pants, and asked if he was carrying a firearm.
Apperson produced a firearm and his concealed weapons permit, then placed the gun in the trunk of his car.
Two days later, the man called 911 again, saying he saw Zimmerman in his truck outside his office at W K White and Associates Inc, a company described on its website as social security disability specialists.
Apperson says he recognized the truck by a sticker on the back with the logo of Kel-Tec, a firearm manufacturer.
After spotting the truck, Apperson told police he saw it ‘accelerate hearing the tires “chirp,”‘
Police arrived as Zimmerman’s truck was leaving and questioned him.
Zimmerman told the officers that he had just come out from an appointment at Waymont Court, the same development where W K White is located, and offered to show them a receipt as proof. After shaking hands with the officers, Zimmerman left.
Officer Bianca Gillett, spokesperson for the Lake Mary police department said ‘the officers on scene did not verify Mr. Zimmerman’s appointment, as they did not further the investigation since the victim did not wish to prosecute.’
‘As of now, the incident is closed. If the victim did wish to assist with prosecution, we could reopen and review the incident at that time,’ she added.
Apperson said Friday afternoon he did not want to comment on the incidents until he had spoken to his attorney. According to police, he declined to press charges.
After he was acquitted of second-degree murder following the shooting of Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman has had numerous incidents of trouble with law enforcement.
In September 2013, Zimmerman was detained but no charges were filed after his estranged wife Shellie Zimmerman, 26, called 911, saying her husband had threatened her and her father.
The couple was in the middle of divorce proceedings when Zimmerman confronted Shellie at their home.
Zimmerman allegedly punched Shellie’s father and smashed her iPad. In the 911 call, Shellie explains Zimmerman left the house but waited for her outside in his truck.
‘He’s in his car and he continually has his hand on his gun, and he’s saying, ‘Step closer,’ she tells the operator. ‘He’s just threatening all of us with his firearm.’
Two months later, Zimmerman was in custody again, this time for aggravated assault with a weapon and two misdemeanors after his new girlfriend phoned 911 during an altercation.
According to reports, Zimmerman’s girlfriend Samantha Scheibe, 27, ordered him out of the house, at which point he ‘cocked the shotgun’ and put it in a case with his AR-15 assault rifle.
As Scheibe began moving his belongings out, Zimmerman took the shotgun back out, pointed it at Scheibe and ‘asked her if she really wanted to do that.’
Scheibe later retracted her allegations and asked for charges to be dropped, saying, ‘I believe that the police misinterpreted me and that I may have misspoken about certain facts that in my statement to police.’
Zimmerman phoned police afterwards to clarify the incident, claiming an argument had taken place over Scheibe’s pregnancy.
It was later reported that Scheibe was not pregnant at the time.
Back in July, it was also reported that Zimmerman was spotted in the parking lot of Pampano Pat’s Motorcycles, which sells guns along with bikes.
Zimmerman told police he was ‘helping protect the store for the owner,’ but according to the owner, Pat Johnson, he hadn’t hired Zimmerman, saying he ‘has sat outside of his store several times on his own lately.’
By: Pete D’Amato And Richard Luscombe