Destin Man Charged with Robbery with a Weapon

50 year old William Jay Freeland is charged with armed robbery by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office after pulling a knife on employees at Maui Nix. Freeland was taken into custody July 23rd after an OCSO K-9 unit tracked him into woods near Destin Commons.

Employees of Maui Nix say the door alarm activated when Freeland tried to walk out with merchandise he had not purchased. The clothes had security devices attached.

They say Freeland shoved the business owner and two other employees who tried to keep him from leaving the store. The workers say Freeland also pulled a black knife from his pocket and told them “I’m going to cut you bad” before he ran out of the store into nearby woods.

OCSO K-9’s located Freeland and also found several bags of merchandise from multiple stores in the area.