for immediate release
November 21, 2003

N E W S   R E L E A S E

A suspect is in custody in connection with three Armed Robberies in the Mary Esther area last night and early this morning (Friday morning). Christopher David Shook, age 22 (12-2-1980), of Mary Esther, was arrested within four minutes of the gun-point robbery of the Whataburger restaurant at 399 Mary Esther Cutoff, a few minutes after 2:00 o'clock this morning (Friday morning).

Okaloosa Deputies and Fort Walton Beach Police Officers converged on Shook in a parking lot about one block from the scene of the robbery after a foot pursuit.

Shook was arrested on charges of Armed Robbery in connection with the Whataburger holdup at 2:14 AM, and similar robberies at Tom Thumb #10 on Martin Luther King Boulevard at Florence Avenue at 11:35 PM; and at Circle-K #4038 at 1350 West US Highway 98, Florosa, at 8:37 PM.

In addition to the three counts of Armed Robbery, Shook was charged with Aggravated Assault in connection with the Circle-K robbery. In that incident, the robber pointed a handgun at the clerk; at the other two locations, a gun was displayed but not pointed at employees. The gun believed used in the robberies, apparently dropped during the foot chase, was recovered with the arrest of Shook.


for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420