REDDING, Calif. - In 2015 Bridget and Philip Jacobs took a trip to Hawai to with the purpose of eloping. Court documents show that during the trip Philip was arrested and spent time in jail for assault.
Joel Fittler and his wife, who are from Australia, were also staying at the hotel.
Fittler said it all started when he and his wife heard arguing while watching TV in the neighboring hotel room.
"We heard some screaming from the room or the hallway pretty much," he said.
At first, they thought it was a child screaming but then the arguing escalated and got louder.
"I banged on the door and as the door opened there was a gentleman answered and he was covered in blood. He had a split I think here or here," Fittler said while pointing to two spots on his head. "There was just blood everywhere in the room like all just smeared down the back of the door."
He was able to separate Bridget and Philip.
"It was just pretty much, 'You sit over there in the hallway, don't you move, don't you get up, you're not going to come back in here'," he said, "I just told her, 'sit down and calm her down'."
While waiting for security he recalled Bridget being scared.
"She was pretty shaken up," he said.
Fittler and his wife were shocked to learn that Philip was arrested for the murder of Bridget.
"It's crazy to see that someone back then was that shaken up by it to then go back with the gentleman or guy to be with him and now be murdered is yes very very crazy," he said.
To see more of our in-depth coverage into the investigation of Bridget Jacobs' murder, click here.
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