At approximately 4:38 p.m., deputies with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) were dispatched to 12 Driftwood Road in Miramar Beach in reference to an open door. A neighbor in the area noticed the residence did not appear to be secure and no one should have been present in the vacant unit. Upon arrival, deputies noticed the door jamb to the residence appeared to be damaged and was held partially closed only by the security chain and a chair. After law enforcement made their presence known, a young male appeared at the front door. Deputies were able to see male clothing items scattered about on the floor of the apartment. The youth stated that his mother lived at the residence and she was at work. He gave a name and date of birth to the deputies but refused to give his mother’s name or her employer. The youth’s story continued to change while on scene and neighbors confirmed no one should be living in the apartment. Deputies located and seized a firearm in the residence as evidence.
The subject was arrested and taken to the Walton County Department of Corrections for booking. Upon arrival at the jail, it was discovered the subject had escaped from a local Department of Juvenile Justice commitment program and was listed as absconded since December 1, 2012. The subject was then transported to the juvenile detention facility in Crestview.
The 16 year old was charged with Criminal Mischief over $200 but under $1000, Trespass into a structure or conveyance, and Obstruction of a Criminal Investigation by giving false information to Law Enforcement.