A man was ambushed by US marshals at his hotel room after being mistaken for missing person Brian Laundrie

Brian Laundrie speaking to the Moab City Police Department, Utah, on August 12, 2021. Moab City Police Department
A man was ambushed by US marshals who thought he was Gabby Petito's fiancé Brian Laundrie, The New Yorker reported.
Severin Beckwith said US marshals kicked the door of his hotel room in North Carolina.
Laundrie was named a Person of Interest in Petito's case. He has been missing since mid-September.
A New Yorker was ambushed by federal investigators in his North Carolina hotel room after federal authorities mistook him for late travel vlogger Gabby Petito's fiancé Brian Laundrie, The New Yorker reported Monday.
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Severin Beckwith from Ithaca, New York, has been hiking the Appalachian Trail with his girlfriend since the end of September when the couple decided to take a break from the woods at the lodge at the Fontana Village Resort in Fontana Dam in western North Carolina.
The couple were making themselves comfortable in their hotel room for an afternoon nap when knocking woke them before the door was broken open, the New Yorker report said.
"Next up, I see a couple of guys with shields that say 'US Marshals'," said Beckwith. "Small arms were aimed at my face."
He added that he was still in his underwear when he was handcuffed and taken into the hallway.
Beckwith remembered a moment when he asked an employee at the Fontana Lake marina to phone a shuttle to take them to the retreat two miles away. The marshal showed Beckwith a photo the agent on the phone had taken of him, along with a photo of Laundrie, The New Yorker reported.
"They had a little side by side," said Beckwith. "It was Brian and then me on the phone who called to get the shuttle."
Insiders could not immediately reach out to the U.S. marshals to comment on the report.
Aside from the eerie resemblance, Beckwith said there were other details that convinced the Marshals that he could be Laundrie. He said a marshal touched the side of his head and noticed that he "had a notch in the top of my inner ear, just like his". Beckwith added that he and his girlfriend - both from New York, like Petito - had booked their hotel with a credit card tied to their New York addresses, "which I think was a good motive to come in," he said.
But Beckwith didn't have Laundrie's hand tattoos, nor did his ID say Laundrie's name. He said the marshalls took his fingerprints and suggested shaving his beard to avoid future encounters like this one.
He told The New Yorker that he "immediately regretted" doing this "because I have a lot less chin than Laundrie."
Petito had been with Laundrie in a converted van and was reported missing by her family on September 11th. Laundrie returned to North Port, Florida without Petito on September 1, reported missing by his family in mid-September. He remains missing.
An autopsy report found that Petito, a 22-year-old travel vlogger who was reported missing last month, died of strangulation, said Teton County coroner Dr. Brent Blue, on a Zoom press conference last week.
On September 23, a Wyoming court issued an arrest warrant for Laundrie in connection with the Petito case. According to a grand jury indictment, Laundrie is charged with March 30,
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