OCSO Trying to Identify Man in Battery & Attempted Carjacking - 2017/05/24
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Deputies are looking for the public’s assistance in their efforts to identify a man who battered a woman in the parking lot of Santa Rosa Mall during an attempted carjacking April 7th.
Deputies were called to the mall around 10:30 a.m. and made contact with the 44 year old woman and her mother. The victims say they arrived at the mall and parked at the Food Court entrance. When the daughter, who was a passenger in the front seat, opened her door she says a white male in his forties rushed over with his hand up his shirt as if holding a weapon. He had navy colored underwear on his head. He stated three times to "get in the car." The woman refused and pushed him away. She says he then grabbed her and pulled her out. He got into the car and started yelling at the woman’s 82-year old mother, who was still in the driver’s seat. The daughter immediately ripped at the suspect’s clothes, neck, and arms to get him away from her mom. She says she pulled him out of the car and began hitting him, yelling to attract attention. The man ran from the scene towards Ruby Circle.
On May 23rd, OCSO investigators worked with the victim to create a sketch of the suspect. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is now seeking the public's assistance in attempts to identify the individual. The victim also stated the suspect, who is about 5’9" tall, lost his shirt during the struggle and she noticed multiple freckles or liver spots on his arms and back, as well as the back of his head, but not on his face. She believes the male is of Irish descent.
If you have any information about the identity of the person in the sketch please contact Investigator Steve Weyer Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office at 850-609-2021 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS, EmeraldCoastCrimeStoppers.com, or by using the P3 Mobile Tips application.