FORT WALTON BEACH, FL - June 18 2020 - According to an online news article published on fox35orlando.com, a Fort Walton Beach man was arrested for allegedly using a crossbow to shoot an arrow into the head of a bicyclist. The news report states that the 42-year-old man from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, was driving in a late 90's model Ford pickup truck on the night of the attack. The suspect allegedly pulled up next to a bicyclist in his pickup truck, pointed the crossbow at the cyclist's head, fired an arrow into the cyclist's head, and then fled the scene. The attack occurred on Sunday night. The Fort Walton Beach police department stated, in a press release, that Fort Walton Beach police officers responded to the crime scene at 205 First Street at approximately 11:15 p.m. and administered first aid to the 57-year-old victim from Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Law enforcement officers stated that as they arrived at the scene of the attack, they quickly administered aid to the victim. The victim was transported to the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center with severe head injuries, and he was later released by the hospital.
Law enforcement spotted the suspect's truck two days later at approximately 1 in the afternoon. The suspect's truck was parked at the Sea Breeze Inn hotel in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Law enforcement set up a perimeter, and then the law enforcement officers conducted surveillance of the are prior to spotting the suspect leaving his hotel room about four hours after the surveillance was set up. The suspect was armed with his crossbow. The suspect was arrested by law enforcement officers without incident. According to a press release distributed by the Fort Walton Beach Police Department, the suspect was found in possession of methamphetamine. A search warrant was served on the man, and the search of his hotel room helped law enforcement obtain more evidence related to the attack.
The suspect has been charged with firing a deadly weapon into a moving vehicle, possession of methamphetamine, and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. The suspect has been booked into the Okaloosa County Jail, according to Okaloosa County Jail records. The suspect's bail bond was not set at the time of the news report. A later report alleges the suspect was not given a bail bond.
Law enforcement is asking for your help with this crime. If you have witnessed the crime or if you have any information that may help with the investigation. Any witnesses or people with information about this crime are asked to contact Detective Zbikowski, with the Fort Walton Beach Police Department, at 850-833-9537.