NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
November 25, 2008
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420

MAN ARRESTED IN BASEBALL BAT ATTACK

     The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office announces the arrest of a 23-year old man in connection with a home invasion robbery and aggravated battery November 1st.

     Drick James Reese, no permanent address, is charged with robbing and attacking 71-year old Horace Reid at Reid's home, 4481 Goldfinch Way in Crestview.

     Okaloosa Sheriff's Investigator Ralph Garrett says Reese and another person went to Reid's home and asked to come in. When Reid said no, Reese began to wrestle with him inside the utility room and garage.  Reid was able to grab a baseball bat for protection, however Reese took the bat and struck Reid in the head, knocking him out. Reese then took Reid's wallet, containing $450 in cash, and left.

    Investigator Garrett says Reid was later able to pick Reese out of a photographic line-up.

    Reese was arrested November 24th at the Okaloosa County Jail where he is being held on an unrelated charge involving a purse snatching. (Mug shot available at jail.)

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