The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Mississippi man for multiple felony charges
40-year old Quinton Oneal Barnes is charged with kidnapping, child abuse, child neglect, resisting an
officer and obstructing justice. Shortly before 11:30 a.m. yesterday a witness called 911 stating that a white
Honda sedan with pink rims was driving recklessly in the area of Highway 85 and College Boulevard and the
passengers inside the vehicle were motioning for help. The caller followed the vehicle to the Hideaway area of
Valparaiso where it stopped. Deputies arrived and located the vehicle but Barnes had fled on foot into the
woods. Both passengers, an adult female and male juvenile, were unharmed. Deputies established a perimeter
and took Barnes into custody following a brief foot chase.
The victim told deputies that she and Barnes had an argument at the Walmart in Niceville and Barnes
told the victim he was going back to Mississippi. He attempted to take the vehicle and both victims got in to
prevent him from leaving with their belongings. Barnes sped off while the victim still had the back passenger
door open and continued at a high rate of speed. The victims attempted to call for help but Barnes forcibly
took their phones, causing minor injuries to the juvenile.
Barnes was taken to the Okaloosa County Jail where he was booked and held without bond.