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WCSO Patrol Deputies, K9 Unit and Investigators are currently on scene investigating an armed robbery that occurred shortly after 7 pm this evening at the EZ Serve, located at 10970 Co Hwy 30A east.  A white male came into the store carrying a handgun and took an unknown amount of money from the register and fled on foot in an unknown direction.  The suspect is described having a thin build, around 5’6”, approximately 165 lbs and wearing a light brown hooded jacket with a drawstring, blue jeans, walking boots and his face was covered with a black bandana.  The cashier was not injured.


The Sheriff’s Office is asking assistance from the public that if they see an individual fitting the description, please do not approach him and call law enforcement immediately at 850.892.8111 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850.863.TIPS.


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On Monday, January 26, 2015, Sergeant William Curtis and Deputy Sheriff Ryan Hooks were dispatched to a local resort in reference to an elderly gentleman who had collapsed at the gym.  Both units arrived on scene at the same time, grabbed their AED’s and medical bags, and went inside to assess the patient.  Upon seeing and assessing the patient they were able to determine that the patient was not breathing however had a very erratic pulse.



Deputy Hooks immediately hooked up his AED, while Sergeant Curtis monitored the patient’s vitals.  The AED assessed the patient and recommended shock, after the shock was applied Sergeant Curtis began CPR.  While CPR was being conducted, South Walton Fire District arrived on scene and started to hook up their life saving equipment.  South Walton Fire District removed Deputy Hooks’ AED and asked for CPR to hold while they assessed the patient’s vitals.  Once vitals were assessed and their equipment was hooked up, Deputy Hooks took over CPR until paramedics stated their equipment recommended shock.  After the first shock was completed by the South Walton Fire District, Deputy Hooks again continued with CPR until a second shock was recommended.  After the second shock was administered the paramedics on scene took over CPR and rescue breaths.  The patient was still not breathing on his own and his heart beat was still very erratic.  The patient was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital for further medical attention.



After leaving the scene, Sergeant Curtis and Deputy Hooks went to the hospital to check on the patient and were informed that the patient was breathing on his own and talking with doctors.  Both deputies were informed by the paramedics and medical staff that their actions saved the man’s life.


L to R: Deputy Ryan Hooks and Sergeant Will Curtis


On January 25th, around 10 p.m., Deputies responded to an alarm activation at Solstice Sunglasses located in the Silver Sands Outlet Mall in Miramar Beach.  Upon arrival, Deputies found four large trash cans containing an estimated 1,000 pairs of sunglasses worth $200,000 dollars.  Video footage shows a silver or white van pull up in front of the store and four individuals are seen getting out of the van and make entry into the store.  All four individuals were wearing dark colored clothing, hoodies, gloves and masks. 


Anyone who has information is asked to contact Investigator Matt Williams with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850.863.TIPS.


On January 19, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call reporting a shoplifting incident at Silver Sands Premium Outlets in Sandestin. The caller described the suspect vehicle, which was later stopped in the parking lot by the first responding deputy. A pair of jeans valued at $317 could be seen in plain sight inside the vehicle. Deputies searched the vehicle and found more than $2,500 worth of stolen merchandise, including a large amount of alcohol. During the investigation, deputies were advised by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office of a theft of a large amount of alcohol from Destin and Fort Walton Beach earlier that same day.


All suspects were identified by eyewitness statements and store security video. During the theft in Walton County, it was determined the four individuals worked as a team to distract the employees of Saks Fifth Avenue and collectively steal merchandise.


WCSO arrested 29-year-old Eddie Deangelo Douggans of 1111 Oakdale Ave., Mobile, AL, 24-year-old Carla Elizabeth Jackson of 1161 Baltimore St., Mobile, AL, 35-year-old Latonya Nacha McDonald, of 1479 Plaza Dr. Lot B, Mobile, AL and 31-year-old Terrell Elee Demario Smith of 1053 Choctaw St., Mobile, AL. All were charged with retail theft with others to distract a merchant or law enforcement, a third degree felony.


During further investigation, it was revealed Terrell Elee Demario Smith had an active warrant out of Alabama for violation of probation. Smith was also charged with operating a vehicle without a license and falsely identifying himself to law enforcement while lawfully detained.



Carla Elizabeth Jackson was not in the vehicle with the other suspects but was later found hiding in nearby bushes following the incident. Jackson is charged with loitering and prowling, as well as in violation of a warrant out of Escambia County for petit theft.

On January 13, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and told of an unknown person impersonating a law enforcement officer and conducting traffic stops. The caller stated that on January 13, at approximately 6:20pm, while in the area of County Hwy 0605, DeFuniak Springs, a black Chevy Impala stopped the caller and wanted to know why they were driving so slowly. Once the subject realized that the caller was the wife of an officer, he left the scene.

The vehicle is described as a black Chevy Impala, possibly a 2002 model, with red, white and blue lights located on the dash.

The driver is described as White male, Approx. 45 years old, dark brown full beard and moustache, approx. ½ to 1” in length. Possibly brown eyes, under 6 feet tall and a fit build. He was wearing a navy or black polo shirt that had the name “Litchen” embroidered in yellow on the upper left chest area of the shirt.  No other words were on shirt. He was wearing a black windbreaker and knit cap that covered his head and ears.  His pants were navy or black BDU pants and his shoes were dark colored.  He had a badge attached to his belt on the left front side.

Anyone with information as to the identity of this subject is urged to contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850-892-8186 or anonymously at Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers by calling 1-888-654-TIPS or Text "TIP214 plus your message" to CRIMES (274637).


If you feel that you are being stopped by someone who is not a law enforcement officer, before pulling over make sure you are in a well-lit area, if there is not an area available, continue at a safe speed until you find one, and contact the Sheriff’s office before stopping.


The Walton County Sheriff’s Office quickly apprehended Jonathan Hillard Davis, 31, of 64 E Tulip Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, after a victim returned to her home off Walden Road, DeFuniak Springs, and saw Davis run from the residence.  The victim advised the Sheriff’s Office that she entered into the garage, heard a loud noise and noticed a window screen on the ground and the window glass broken.  The victim saw the suspect run from her residence and was able to give a description of what the suspect was wearing and that he was running North on Walden Road.  The victim saw the suspect drop several items that were taken from the home.  Deputies responded, canvassed the area and located Davis at his home.  Two individuals witnessed Davis run out of the woods, carrying a Toshiba Laptop in his hand and several photographs were taken which were given to law enforcement.  A search of Davis’s home lead to the retrieval of the victim’s laptop and jewelry, which was found in Davis’s pocket. 


Davis was arrested for burglary of an occupied dwelling, larceny and criminal mischief. 

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is thankful to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for an $8,000 grant.  Investigator Breezy Adkinson applied for a grant with the ASPCA to help offset expenses the Sheriff’s Office incurred after rescuing multiple animals from a case that stemmed back from 2013.  One of the animals, “Noble” was taken from 1426 JW Hollington Road, Freeport, after the owner was charged with multiple felony counts of animal cruelty. 

The Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to cases involving animal abuse, abandonment and neglect.  We are committed to educating owners of domestic pets and livestock on providing medical care, appropriate diet and proper living conditions. 

The first photo is of Noble when he was rescued.  The second is of him today. 


The Walton County Sheriff’s Office met with members of the State Attorney’s Office this morning in reference to the incident that occurred New Year’s Day that put a local man in the hospital and 40 dogs were rescued.  All the dogs taken from the residence located at 60 Orange Avenue, DeFuniak Springs, were turned over to the Sheriff’s Office by the owners and are currently being evaluated by a veterinarian so they can be put up for adoption.  The dogs who were a part of the attack are in quarantine and will be assessed after ten days.  While law enforcement officers were on scene, an adult dog died and three puppies died later at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter.  These dogs will be sent to Gainesville for necropsy.  The Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the State Attorney’s Office will review the medical findings, once complete, and will determine if there will be charges brought.  The timeline for the completion of the necropsy and obtaining a report is not available at his time since this will be determined by the case load of the veterinarian performing the exams.  




The Sheriff’s Office Patrol Unit spent two hours on scene where the attack occurred.  Sheriff’s Office Investigators and Animal Control Officers spent an additional twelve hours at the residence gathering evidence for possible charges. 



An investigator with the WCSO Special Victims Unit arrested Joseph Michael Gibbs, 27, of 159 L Street, Santa Rosa Beach, on Thursday, January 8, 2015.  Gibbs communicated with a 12 year old female on Kik Messenger using an electronic device between the dates of October 9, 2014 and November 5, 2014.  Gibbs solicited the juvenile numerous times to send explicit pictures to him and also sent an explicit picture of himself to the female.

Gibbs is charged with transmission of harmful material to a minor. 



David Gordon O’Brien, 45, of 1226 Railroad Ave, DeFuniak Springs, a former bus driver with Walton County, was arrested by WCSO Investigators today at his current place of employment, Graceville Correctional Facility in Jackson County.  The Walton County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Bureau opened an investigation on O’Brien after allegations of sexual misconduct were made by multiple children to the school authorities. The school contacted us immediately after the allegations were made.


A sexual battery was discovered during a subsequent investigation where O’Brien made inappropriate comments and was touching a victim in a sexual manner while on the school bus. O’Brien pulled off the side of a road and sexually assaulted the victim once all the other children had been dropped off.



O’Brien is charged with capital sexual battery by a person in a custodial authority on a victim 12 years of age or older, but less than 18.  This is a first degree felony. The investigation is ongoing.