ONE SUSPECT ARRESTED; ONE STILL WANTED IN CONNECTION WITH OCTOBER AMBER ALERT

SUSPECT

Paul Lewis Vaughan

For Immediate Release

November 17, 2017

WALTON COUNTY, Fla— An arrest has been made in connection with an Amber Alert issued out of Walton County in October.

Paul Lewis Vaughan, 39, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following an investigation into the incident on October 28th where he and Joseph Harding, 35, entered a home on Otter Pond Road taking Rebecca Harding, 33, and Gracie Harding, 2, by force using brass knuckles, a pool stick, and other weapons. The two men then fled the scene with the victims in a red ford mustang.

SUSPECT 2

Joseph Harding

Multiple agencies responded to help aid in the search including the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Holmes, Geneva, Jackson, and Bay County Sheriff’s Offices.

Rebecca and Gracie were located a several hours later in Samson, Alabama unharmed.

Vaughan was booked into the Walton County Jail on November 15th where he is being held on a $50,000 bond. Harding currently has active warrants and remains at large.

Public Information Officer, Walton County Sheriff's Office of the Sheriff Michael Adkinson.

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