Neighbor Spoils Burglar Getaway

A Fort Walton Beach man is charged with multiple felonies after an alert neighbor thwarted his attempt to get-away from a home being burglarized.

23-year old Timothy Andrew Woods II of Niceville is charged with aggravated assault, battery, displaying a weapon during commission of a felony, burglary, criminal mischief, and petty theft.

Deputies who went to the scene of a burglary in progress at 873 Culp Avenue in Fort Walton Beach found witnesses had Woods detained.

A neighbor told deputies he heard glass breaking from a home nearby around 9:00 p.m. and went to investigate.

He saw Woods looking at him through a window. Woods then ducked out of sight and locked the door.

The neighbor took the keys from Woods’ vehicle that was parked outside and still running. A few minutes later, Woods came around to the front of the house and demanded his keys.

The neighbor refused but says Woods threatened him and said he had a gun. The man shoved Woods and says Woods then hit him in the head and tried to take his phone.

Another witness says Woods threw a bag towards the fence prior to deputies arriving. Deputies found the bag, which contained a loaded .38 caliber handgun.