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.
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.