The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an armed robbery that took place early this morning at McDonalds within Loves Travel Shop, located at 17750 State Highway 285, Mossy Head. Two black male suspects with partially covered faces entered the business around 3:15 am this morning. One of the suspects brandished a 22 magnum handgun and demanded money. Both suspects fled with approximately $2,500 in a 2008 Mazda with a Louisiana tag heading towards Niceville. Patrol deputies pursued and stopped the suspect’s vehicle. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident. A third suspect was apprehended a few hours later near Hwy 90 and Emma Lane in Mossy Head. The weapon used during the robbery and the stolen money have been recovered.
The suspects were identified as;
Kelly Eugene Stewart, 18, of Slidel, La. Trevor Bernard Smalls, 19, of Mobile, Al. Christopher Wayne Smith, 20, of Slidel, La.
All suspects have been arrested and charged with Armed Robbery. Additionally Smith was charged with Aggravated Assault. All suspects have been booked into the Walton County Jail.
Special thanks to the Florida Highway Patrol and Walton Corrections Institute for their assistance in the apprehension of the suspects. No one was injured during the incident and the investigation is ongoing. More information will be released as it becomes available.