A man with the bad luck of looking like Brian Laundrie was recently “ambushed” by federal marshals with their guns drawn!
It all happened when an upstate New Yorker bearing an uncanny resemblance to Laundrie had a rude awakening by US Marshals who were on the hunt for the fugitive pulled their guns on him during a nap on the Appalachian Trail.
Ithaca couple Severin Beckwith and Anna Brettmann were catching a few winks at the Lodge at Fontana Village Resort after lunch when they heard a knock, and their door flew open, according to local reports.
“Next thing I see is a bunch of guys with riot shields with ‘US Marshals’ written on them, handguns pointed at my face,” Beckwith told the mag.
The stunned hiker was promptly handcuffed as one of the feds helped Brettmann get dressed.
Beckwith, who does bear a striking resemblance to Laundrie, said he had a hunch why he was targeted on the Appalachian Trail, where tipsters have reported spotting the 23-year-old fugitive – the only “person of interest” in the disappearance and death of his fiancé Gabby Petito.
The doppelgänger told the New Yorker that one of the agents touched the side of his head and said the lookalike had a “notch in the upper part of my inner ear just like his.”
Making matters worse for Beckwith was that he and Brettmann — who had been hiking from Georgia to Virginia since late September — had booked their room with a credit card connected to an Empire State ID, the outlet said. Petito was originally from Long Island.
But Beckwith was quickly cleared because he didn’t have Laundrie’s telltale tattoos, and he produced an ID that ruled him out as the wanted man.
Following the marshals’ advice, Beckwith shaved his beard — but he quickly regretted it “because I have much less of a chin than Laundrie does.”
Beckwith suspects that an employee at the Fontana Lake marina alerted authorities to his presence and even snapped his photo, which a marshal showed the guest after breaking down the door, according to the magazine.
For their trouble, the lodge provided the couple with a free night’s stay and a complimentary breakfast.
“It was a buffet. We took as much as we could,” Beckwith said.