A man who was arrested after he and another woman allegedly had sex on a Ferris wheel above the Las Vegas Strip told a local television station in an interview Friday that he was set to have married another woman that day.
Philip Panzica went to Las Vegas with fiancée Mistie Bozant to tie the knot on Feb. 5, according to KTNV. The couple met two months before.
But things didn’t go as planned when Panzica, believing Bozant was pregnant with another man’s child, ended up gambling and drinking “four or five” margaritas instead.
That’s when he met Chloe Scordianos, the woman he was later arrested with on the High Roller.
“One thing led to another. She was there by herself,” Panzica said in an interview, with Bozant by his side.
Soon after meeting the 21-year-old Scordianos, the pair headed to the Ferris wheel, where they were later accused of publicly engaging in sex acts.
“It wasn’t planned, it was just, I felt it,” Panzica told the TV station. “We get up to the highest point, and we were like, ‘We’re golden!’”
A security officer first noticed the pair smoking and undressing, according to a police arrest report. She used the intercom to ask the couple to stop, but – after a pause – they were back at it, according to KTNV.
Guests in another cabin noticed Scordianos and Panzica and began filming the acts, the security officer said, according to the document.
“I clearly saw Scordianos laying on her back in the center of the cabin. Panzica was on his knees over Scordianos and removed her dress,” the document read.
Panzica explained he did not know people could see in, and thought the message from the security officer was a recording that was being played over and over again.
Nearly 30 minutes later, when the ride ended, Panzica and Scordianos were arrested.
“I was drunk as f—. I was running around naked … acting like a little kid again,” he told the station.
Two nights later, Bozant came to her fiance’s rescue, paying $3,000 to bail him out of jail.
“Doesn’t that show what a good heart I have?” she said in the interview.
“I really do appreciate it, and I feel bad about everything,” Panzica concluded.