US Marshals ambushed an upstate New Yorker at gunpoint on the Appalachian Trail, assuming he was Brian Laundrie because of their uncanny resemblance. Who is Severin Beckwith?

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US Marshals ambush Brian Laundrie lookalike

US Marshals on the lookout for Florida fugitive Brian Laundrie, the sole person of interest in Gabby Petito’s homicide, ambushed an upstate New Yorker at gunpoint on the Appalachian Trail, assuming he was Laundrie because of their uncanny resemblance.

According to Meaww, Ithaca couple Severin Beckwith and Anna Brettmann were at the Lodge at Fontana Village Resort when US Marshals stormed in.

“Next thing I see is a bunch of guys with riot shields with US Marshals written on them, handguns pointed at my face,” Beckwith said. The Marshals quickly handcuffed the hiker. 

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The U.S. Marshals showed Beckwith a photo of himself that had been taken by a Lodge employee and sent to authorities.

According to Global News, Both Laundrie and Beckwith are white with a similar slim build and both have shaved heads and beards.

One marshal even pointed to Beckwith’s left ear, which had a “notch” similar to Laundrie’s.

Ultimately, after some further examination by the marshals, Beckwith was released. He presented his ID, and he also didn’t have the same tattoos as Laundrie.

“In this instance, the Graham County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) in North Carolina had received a tip that the fugitive Brian Laundrie had been sighted in their jurisdiction,” said a U.S. Marshals spokesperson to Vice News in a statement.

Who is Severin Beckwith?

According to Beckwith’s LinkedIn profile, he is a Business graduate from Clemson University.

He is currently taking his Master’s in Global Development at Cornell University.

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Besides his education, Beckwith is also a recently returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Southern Province, Zambia.

Whilst in Zambia, he worked as an environmental volunteer for the LIFE Project (Linking Income Food and Environment) in the rural village of Kanchele.

Twitter reacts to lookalike’s arrest

Since Severin Beckwith’s ambush, many have taken to Twitter with their impressions of the incident.

Here’s what they’re saying:

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