The father of Florida fugitive Brian Laundrie was slapped with a court summons Monday — but it’s not for helping his son allegedly dodge authorities.
Christopher Laundrie has been ordered to report to a Sarasota County courtroom Dec. 1 to answer for a small-claims suit accusing him of trashing a protester’s $40 lawn sign, according to Florida court records.
The elder Laundrie lost his cool and yanked the sign off the front lawn of the family’s North Port home, where people have amassed for a month in protest over their son, who is being sought for questioning in the disappearance and death of Long Island native Gabby Petito.
The court claim against Christopher Laundrie was filed by protester Andra Griffin, who wrote in papers that she helped pay for a sign that read, “What if it was Cassie?” — a reference to Brian Laundrie’s sister.
“On or about the morning of October 16th, 2021, the defendant, Christopher Laundrie, came out of his home, walked up to the sign, stole it and walked back onto his property,” the court complaint said.
According to the summons, the elder Laundrie is ordered to report for a pretrial hearing in December before Judge David Lee Denkin.
Brian Laundrie and his girlfriend Petito were on a cross-country trip when she vanished in late August. Laundrie returned home to Florida without her Sept. 1 and lawyered up.
He then disappeared, and Sept. 19, Petito’s body was found in a remote Wyoming campground, with her death ruled a homicide by manual strangulation.