For immediate release
May 4, 2001

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has arrested three individuals in connection with a burglary and aggravated battery that occurred on May 02 (Wednesday) at 216 W. Walker Cr. in Crestview.

Joshua Alika Gumapac, age 16 (09-06-84), Mario Nathanial McRea, age 17 (02-11-84) and Jose Alberto Rodas Jr., age 17 (02-10-84) were arrested on May 3, at the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. All three individuals are charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling and aggravated battery with serious bodily injury. The individuals forced their way into the Nicholas Levey's residence and then beat him up. Levey was able to dial 911 for help after the three fled the scene.

Levey was transported to the North Okaloosa Medical Center for medical attention. Levey is listed in serious but stable condition. Levey suffered a right orbital fracture and will need reconstructive surgery to repair the orbit. Levey may also need to have a metal plate.

All three individuals are juveniles and are being held at the Juvenile Detention Facility in Crestview for up to twenty-one (21) days.

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For more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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