The wife of the American banker charged with killing a hotel worker during a family vacation says she is “really scared” and pleading for President Trump to intervene.
Kallie Hapgood spoke to both the New York Post that the incident has changed her family forever. They were staying at the luxurious Malliouhana Resort in Anguilla in the Caribbean. It was their first international trip as a family, she said.
On the second day, Scott Hapgood was in the hotel room with their two daughters when they heard a knock at the door.
"Somebody in a hotel uniform said, ‘I’m here to fix a leak in the sink.’ And my husband said, ‘We don't have any leaks in our sink but come on in, here's our bathroom.’ He went to warn our daughters, like, don't change out of your swimsuits, there's someone in our hotel room. He turned around and somebody had a knife and was demanding money,” Kallie recalled to Fox New.
A furious fight broke out. Scott said he sat on his attacker, Kenny Mitchell, 27, until police arrived.
Mitchell was pronounced dead at the hospital. His cause of death was first believed to be due to asphyxia and blunt force trauma. But a new toxicology report determined Mitchell could have died from "acute cocaine toxicity."
The Hapgoods live in Darien, Connecticut, and Scott has returned to Anguilla three times for court hearings despite facing death threats.
“He wants to clear his name,” the emotional wife told Fox News. “He knows he did nothing wrong so he continues to go down there.”
Now, the Hapgoods are asking Trump to step in.
"We need help. I've seen Trump help Americans in peril around the globe and we really need his help,” Kallie asked on Fox.
It appears the president heard her plea and shortly after her appearance on his favorite morning show, “Fox and Friends,” Trump responded on Twitter.
"Will be looking into the Scott Hapgood case, and the island of Anguilla,” he tweeted Monday morning. “Something looks and sounds very wrong. I know Anguilla will want to see this case be properly and justly resolved!"
Scott is planning to return for a preliminary inquiry on Nov. 11.