A joint investigation between the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshall’s Office led to the arrest of a suspect in connection to an arson that occurred on January 7, 2013 on San Juan Avenue in Seagrove. Angus Bishop Anderson, 19, of DeFuniak Springs, was arrested and charged on February 8, 2013.
The investigation revealed Anderson was distraught over a recent break up with the home owner’s daughter. Anderson set fire to the beach house where he had spent time with the girl’s family.
Anderson was transported and booked into the Walton County Department of Corrections. He was charged with Arson, Burglary, Grand Theft and Criminal Mischief.
Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr. announces the arrest of two individuals in connection to the murder of a local resident. Chrispen Ramirez, 22, and Haley Nicole Bowden, 16, both of Mossy Head, were arrested on January 24 after fleeing from deputies. Bowden was reported as a runaway juvenile by her family and law enforcement had been actively searching for her when they received information of Bowden and Ramirez staying at a residence on Eagles Way in Mossy Head. Upon the arrival of law enforcement, Bowden and Ramirez fled the scene on foot. K-9 units were deployed and tracked down Bowden and Ramirez. Ramirez was armed with knives at the scene and threatened the lives of the deputies. Authorities subdued Ramirez and both were transported to the Walton County Department of Corrections.
In the meantime, other deputies were dispatched to Beaver Dam Road in reference to a trespass complaint. The complainant told authorities someone had come onto private property and abandoned a vehicle. It was found partially submerged in water, with the tag missing. Law enforcement was able to identify the owner of the vehicle from the Vehicle Identification Number. Attempts were made to contact the owner of the vehicle, Arthur Gerald Anderson, 77, of Mossy Head. Family members of Anderson told deputies they had not seen him in a few days. A short time later, deputies located the body of Anderson, not far from where the vehicle was located.
Further investigation revealed Bowden and Rameriz murdered Anderson after he confronted them for entering a residence on West Juniper Avenue he was a caretaker of. The couple then attempted to burn the residence, stole Anderson’s vehicle, and dumped it later.
The investigation is ongoing at this time. Ramirez was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, interference with child custody, arson, and an open count of murder. Bowden was charged with resisting an officer without violence, arson, and an open count of murder.
Sheriff Adkinson has been questioned by many citizens on his stance on the Second Amendment. Below is his answer, given on 1/24/2013.
Statement from Sheriff Michael A. Adkinson, Jr.
As Sheriff of Walton County, I am charged to act as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the county. The authority of this office is not subject to the submission of any other state or federal law enforcement agencies. I as Sheriff of Walton County will support, protect, and defend the liberties and rights of the people of Walton County. In regard specifically to the second amendment, neither I nor my deputies will support any attempt to circumvent the constitution of the United States by executive order or unlawful legislation.
Walton County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) is seeking information in reference to a commercial burglary that occurred at Two Cousins Café in Darlington, sometime between the late hours of November 4th and the early hours of November 5th, 2012.
The burglary occurred when the suspect broke the glass in the main entrance door, entered and removed the cash register. Investigators and crime scene technicians responded and collected evidence. Authorities are reaching out to the community in an effort to solve this crime.
Anyone having information about this incident is asked to contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850-892-8186 or Investigator Ben Dowdy at 850-951-4710.
On January 17th, 2013, investigators with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office received a tip regarding a series of commercial and residential burglaries that occurred in late 2012 in South Walton. Based on the tip, investigators gathered enough evidence to arrest Jesse Daniel Strange, 25, of Niceville and John Kyle Campbell, 25, of Santa Rosa Beach. The suspects admitted to breaking into houses and taking several flat screen TV’s, cash and other items. In one particular residential burglary, the suspects gained access to keys to a 2009 Jeep Wrangler and stole the vehicle. Investigators were able to recover the Jeep Wrangler and return it to the victim.
Campbell and Strange also admitted to breaking into Havana Dreams, a Cigar shop located in Miramar Beach, and took several packages of “Spice” and $250 in cash from a cash register.
Campbell and Strange were charged with 5 counts of burglary, 5 counts of grand theft, 1 count of grand theft auto and 3 counts of criminal mischief.