George Zimmerman finds himself on the wrong side of the law yet again. In Florida, the Seminole County Sheriff’s office reports that 31-year-old George Zimmerman was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Lake Mary around 10 p.m. Friday. He was reportedly being held at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility overnight.
Zimmerman was then released Saturday afternoon on $5,000 bail. He was also ordered to have no contact with the unidentified female victim, according to ABC News on Jan. 10.
The incident apparently occurred days earlier when Zimmerman is accused of throwing a wine bottle at his girlfriend in his home. The victim is not believed to have been the complainant.
George Zimmerman is infamously known for being acquitted of murder in the 2013 case of shooting to death unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin. That case sparked a national debate on race and states’ self-defense laws.
Zimmerman was ordered by the judge to stay out of Volusia County, where the alleged victim lives. He was also told to pack up any of his girlfriend’s personal belongings she may have left at his home and give them to his lawyer, Don West.
Zimmerman appeared in court wearing blue scrubs and handcuffs, and appeared calm during the brief hearing. At one point, he even laughed and joked with an officer as he signed his paperwork.
Although this incident did not involve a firearm, the judge ordered Zimmerman to surrender any weapons out of an “abundance of caution,” according to wftv.com ABC 9. Zimmerman’s next scheduled appearance in court is in on Feb. 17.
The sequence of events went as follows:
Police say the alleged incident happened at Zimmerman’s home in Lake Mary on Monday. His girlfriend left the home upset and was pulled over by police for a traffic violation.
The girlfriend told police what occurred, but it took investigators until last night to make contact with Zimmerman and question him. He was then arrested.
This marks Zimmerman’s third arrest since his 2013 murder acquittal. He was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, battery and criminal mischief after his then-girlfriend claimed he pointed a gun at her face during an argument.
She also said he smashed her coffee table and pushed her out of the house they shared. Samantha Scheibe decided not to cooperate with authorities, and prosecutors did not pursue the case.
Previous to that, Zimmerman was accused by his estranged wife of smashing an iPad during an argument at the home they had shared. Shellie Zimmerman first told a police dispatcher that her husband had a gun, though she later said he was unarmed.
No charges were ever filed because of a lack of evidence. The dispute occurred days after Shellie Zimmerman filed for divorce from George.
George Zimmerman has also been pulled over three times for traffic violations since his murder acquittal. Depending on whose side you fall on, people will likely view this as police harassment of Zimmerman, or continuing evidence of a man out of control.