Former NBA star Gilbert Arenas was arrested Monday afternoon after a brief altercation with George Zimmerman as he attended a signing at a gun show in Orlando, Florida.
According to Lt. Juan Holysz of the Orlando Police Department, police were called to respond to an altercation at a restaurant on East Colonial Dr in Orlando. When they arrived at the scene Arenas had already been escorted outside by management.
Restaurant employee, Erica Goldsmith, reported that Arenas had approached Zimmerman as he was eating lunch and began a verbal confrontation which ended with threats of physical violence.
“Zimmerman was at a table near the back of the restaurant when I saw a large black guy approach him,” said Goldsmith. “That’s when I thought, ‘a tall, black guy sneaking up on Zimmerman? This isn’t going to end well.'”
Arenas was questioned by officers at the scene and, eventually, taken in to custody after he showed aggressive behavior and resisted arrest.
Since his acquittal in July of last year George Zimmerman has seemed to continuously have brushes with the law, each time escaping any legal prosecution.
On September 9, 2013, in Lake Mary, Florida, police responded to a 911 call by Zimmerman’s estranged wife, who reported that Zimmerman had threatened her and her father with a gun and had punched her father in the face. Zimmerman was only briefly detained and the Lake Mary police department announced they would not be pressing charges against Zimmerman.
On November 18, 2013, Zimmerman’s girlfriend called the police alleging that after she had asked Zimmerman to leave her home, he had pointed a shotgun at her and begun breaking her belongings. Zimmerman, again, was briefly detained. Before a scheduled hearing his girlfriend asked that the charges be dropped and Zimmerman walked.
In an interview today with FOX 35 News Orlando Zimmerman said that he is constantly worried about his safety and that he wears a bullet-proof vest at all times.