By BRUCE COLLIER
On Sunday, July 20, officers of De Funiak Springs Police Department (DFSPD) responded to a report of attempted carjacking in the Winn-Dixie parking lot.
The victim, identified as Gregory K. Aycock Jr. of DeFuniak Springs, told officers that at approximately 10:48 p.m., two men approached his unattended vehicle while he was using the pay phone in front of Dollar General.
One of the men, later identified as Desmond Reid, 19, of Jacksonville, FL. entered the driver’s side of the vehicle while the other man, a 17 year-old juvenile, also of Jacksonville, approached the passenger’s side. Aycock proceeded to his vehicle and asked what they thought they were doing, at which point the suspect behind the wheel attempted to put the car in gear. Aycock then reached inside the vehicle and struck the suspect in the face with his closed fist. The juvenile suspect then approached Aycock and made a motion as if to draw something from his concealed waistband. Aycock then ran from the scene thinking that the juvenile suspect had some type of weapon.
As he was running away he heard the suspect behind the wheel yell, “It’s a stick, I can’t get it in gear.” Both suspects then exited the vehicle and proceeded northbound on foot and yelled back to Aycock, “You can have your car. I don’t want it anyway.” Aycock was able to give an accurate description of both individuals which were located within a few minutes. They were then detained and transported back to the scene where the victim positively identified both suspects. No weapon of any kind was located on either individual. Both suspects were then arrested for carjacking, without a weapon. Reid was transported to the Walton County Correctional Facility and the juvenile was taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Crestview.