LAUREL HILL, FLA. - The hunt is on after three men kick down the door of a home in northern Walton County, and the Walton County Sheriff's Office asks that residents throughout the Panhandle be on the lookout.
According to reports, deputies responded to a home on Richerson Road in Laurel Hill around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday following a 911 call regarding a home invasion robbery.
Deputies found the victim, who is a home healthcare nurse, frightened and injuried. She told that deputies around 10 p.m., the front door was kicked in and three males wearing black gloves, long sleeve shirts, and masks entered the house armed with handguns. The victim stated they were possibly wearing stockings to cover their eyes and mouths.
When they entered the house the victim was struck in the face, with what she believes was a gun, knocking her unconscious. When she regained consciousness the suspects made her strip and zip tied her hands.
Several bedrooms in the house were ransacked. The suspects took the victim’s cell phone and disassembled it in the house. A large fixed blade knife taken from under the homeowner’s bed was found in the front yard.
Due to the possibility the suspects left on foot, Walton County Correctional Institution and Okaloosa K9 Units responded to the scene; however, a track could not be found.
The victim described one of the males as being shorter and heavy set, weighing 280-300 pounds, and two of them as tall and slender.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850)-892-8111 or report tips anonymous by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS. Submit a web tip at www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.