As she ran from what she called an outnumbered fight one Friday night, Antisha Brown figured her wife-to-be fled, too, and would be waiting for her at their Riviera Beach home.
Liane Gibson, 21, was supposed to go head-to-head with a woman who Brown said was posting inappropriate comments and pictures about her 2-year-old son on social media.
Though she tried to talk Gibson out of it, Brown said Gibson wasn’t backing down.
“She had the heart of a lion. She wasn’t afraid of no one,” Brown told The Post last month.
But when they — Brown, Gibson and Gibson’s teenage relative — arrived late Nov. 10 at the Indian Trace Apartments, off North Military Trail and south of the Beeline Highway, they were outnumbered, according to Brown.
Brown and the teen told police a woman and Gibson scuffled, then the woman pulled a gun. So, they ran: Brown out of the complex, and Gibson and the teen to the pool area and then into a retention pond. Brown said she didn’t see either Gibson or the teen go into the pond, but had heard the two were cornered.
The teen told police when they made it halfway across the lake, Gibson began sinking and she couldn’t hold on to her any longer.
The teen made it to the other side of the water. Gibson never resurfaced.
Police said Wednesday the investigation into Gibson’s death is closed and no charges are expected to be filed. Her drowning was ruled an accident.
Brown was arrested early Thursday on unrelated theft, burglary and fraud charges stemming from incidents Oct. 31, court records state. The details of her arrest were not immediately available. As of Thursday afternoon she remains in the Palm Beach County Jail.
As police searched the water just before midnight, a pair of black-and-white sneakers floated to the surface where officers were swimming, according to a Riviera Beach police report. The Palm Beach County Fire Rescue dive team also got into the water but could not find Gibson that night.
“Dangerous conditions,” such as the darkness and depth of the pond, hindered authorities’ initial hour-long search that night, police said.
Officers who went to St. Mary’s Medical Center to be cleared medically after jumping into the water were met by Brown and Gibson’s teenage relative at about midnight. They thought they would find Gibson recovering there, according to police reports.
The teen told authorities she thought she saw police pull Gibson from the water and perform CPR, so she left the scene, showered and got Brown so they could meet Gibson at a hospital. Police say Brown changed her previous story from getting to the scene with Gibson and her relative to only seeing the incident on Facebook and then getting a ride to the scene.
Police also interviewed the woman with whom Gibson was fighting. The Palm Beach Post is not naming the woman because she has not been charged in the incident. The Post attempted to contact the woman, but she could not be reached.
The woman told police she was visiting a friend in the apartment complex when Gibson, her relative and Brown attacked her. She said she had an issue with Brown and Gibson because they allegedly posted a naked photo of her online.
Though police mention in their reports that there were anywhere from five to 10 women gathered at the scene, the woman did not say if she and the group of women went after Gibson and the others. The woman said she was hit during the incident but was not sure by whom.
Investigators found Gibson’s body in the pond at about 10:30 the next morning and are now trying to figure out how — and why — Gibson ended up in the water. Her mother told The Post Gibson “could swim like a fish.”
“I don’t see how my daughter could accidentally drown in a lake,” said Patricia Holmes, Gibson’s mother.
When a reporter went to the scene Nov. 28, a large fountain was spraying in the area where Gibson was said to have went in. Investigators have not said if the fountain was on when they arrived or if they needed to shut it off so divers could safely enter the retention pond without fear of being pulled in by the fountain’s powerful suction.
Holmes described her daughter as a strong-headed woman who played several musical instruments, taught herself to dance and crochet and could recite whole movies like “The Lorax” and “The Princess and the Frog.” She was independent and a protector, Holmes said.
That protective quality was evident in Gibson’s relationship with Ja’kye, Brown’s 2-year-old son.
Brown spoke with The Post recently because she wanted to quell social media posts blaming her for her fiancee’s death. She stressed that Gibson wasn’t fighting for her; she was fighting for the little boy.
Gibson provided for him, spent all of her free time with him and relentlessly tried to get him to say her name correctly, “He could say Dee-Ann because he couldn’t pronounce the ‘L,’” Brown said, chuckling.
“When she gets around him, she was like a 3-year-old and walk crawl around on the floor with him,” she said. “Both wanted to sleep all day and stay up all night. They were crazy close. He goes to sleep on her chest.”
Now, Brown spends her days looking through old photos and videos as Ja’kye asks over and over, “Where’s Dee-Ann?”
Brown said she and Gibson met when her son was a few weeks old and they were with other people, but they ended up together soon after.
“I just never expected something like this to happen,” Brown said.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact them at 561-845-4123 or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS (8477).