Trump Vows to Look Into Scott Hapgood Case in Anguilla

After Kallie Hapgood appeared on "Fox & Friends," the president responded to her request for help

Kallie Hapgood
The Malliouhana resort where hotel staffer Kenny Mitchel died.
Malliouhana
By Bonnie Stiernberg / October 16, 2019 3:43 pm

The wife of Scott Hapgood, the American tourist facing manslaughter charges in Anguilla related to the April death of hotel employee Kenny Mitchel, spoke out about her husband’s plight to a number of outlets this week, and one in particular appeared to catch the attention of President Trump.

It’s no secret that the president is a loyal viewer of Fox News, often tweeting out direct responses to certain segments, and that seems to be what happened after Kallie Hapgood appeared on Fox & Friends and asked for Trump’s help.

“We need help,” she told hosts Ainsley Earhardt and Steve Doocy. “I’ve seen Trump help Americans in peril around the globe, and we really need his help. My husband is a loving man, he’s never been involved in any sort of charge at all. We’re so fish-out-of-water right now, we’ve never experienced anything like this at all before. He’s a good man, and he doesn’t deserve this. All we wanted to do was take a vacation with our children.”

After Doocy asked, “You want the President to help?” Hapgood responded, “Trump, I’ve seen him do amazing things for Americans. And Scott Hapgood is the kind of American you want to help. He’s an amazing father, he’s an amazing friend, he’s a great member of our community, and he needs help. And my poor kids. We’re exhausted.”

It seems Trump got the message, because on Monday, he tweeted, “Will be looking into the Scott Hapgood case, and the Island of Anguilla. Something looks and sounds very wrong. I know Anguilla will want to see this case be properly and justly resolved!”

Scott Hapgood alleges that the Malliouhana hotel employee entered the hotel room he was sharing with his family and attempted to rob him at knifepoint. He held Mitchel down to restrain him for the 40 minutes it took police to arrive, and while it was initially believed that Mitchel suffocated as a result of that restraint, a new toxicology report suggests he may have actually died of a cocaine overdose.

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