The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged two men in connection with an attempt to rob a man sitting in a car parked at a Niceville area restaurant.
The 28-year old victim, an employee of the restaurant, says he was sitting in the Sonic Drive-In parking lot at State Road 20 around four p.m. Thursday when a man walked up and put a gun in his stomach.
He says the man, later identified as 31-year old Otis Chan Miller Jr. of Fort
Walton Beach, told him to put his hands on the steering wheel. The employee instead grabbed the gun. He says after a brief struggle, he pushed
Miller back who then pointed the gun at him and pulled the trigger. The gun misfired. The victim ran away as Miller got into a blue Toyota Camry and headed south on Bluewater Bay Boulevard with another man.
School Resource Officers from area schools and other deputies quickly set up a perimeter and a deputy spotted the suspect car at the intersection of Bay Drive and Highway 20. Whitner and the driver, 25-year old Stephen Whitner of Valparaiso, were detained and later arrested on a charge of armed robbery.
The gun was not recovered.