A pair of Florida doctors have been arrested after footage from a doorbell camera revealed them allegedly tearing down a neighbor’s Trump 2020 flag earlier this month.
Gulf Breeze residents Geoffrey Michael Fraiche, 41, and his wife Laura Webb-Fraiche, 38, who are both gynecologists and registered Democrats, are charged with criminal mischief, trespassing, larceny, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, The Daily Beast reports. All of the charges are misdemeanors. The couple was booked into the county jail Tuesday morning and released about an hour and 30 minutes later.
Geoffrey Fraiche apparently told another neighbor about the incident, saying they were playing “capture the flag,” when they tore down the banner, according to a report from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office.
The report states that the doorbell camera shows the couple, accompanied by two small children, driving a golf cart to the flag owner’s waterfront home, allegedly ignoring a pair of “no trespassing signs.” The footage shows the Fraiches walking over to the flag pole and allegedly a barefoot Geofrey Fraiche is seen climbing a ladder. One of the couple’s two children, who waited nearby in a patch of sand, can be heard pleading “I don’t want you two going to jail.”
“Don’t worry about it,” Laura is heard saying.
At that point, Geoffrey shoves the ladder aside and hands the flag to Laura, and not long after that, the family leaves.
According to a report by one deputy, the flag’s owner, 67-year-old property developer David Brannen apparently didn’t see the humor in the “game” and allegedly told one deputy the flag pole was broken in the incident and that it would cost $500 for a new one.
“David said he did not want this type of incident to happen to someone else,” according to the deputy’s report. “David said he couldn’t believe they would do something like this with children with them.”
“They were both doctors, so they should know better,” Brannen told The Daily Beast. “They had two children there. One was screaming ‘Don’t do this, you’ll go to jail.”
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