NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
November 2, 2005
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer 
(850) 651-7420


   The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating the aggravated battery and attempted sexual assault of a 19-year old Shalimar resident. The victim says she was walking on 8th Street around 10:45 p.m. November 1st when a man attacked her from behind. The victim says she was punched, groped, and cut with a sharp object. She says the man then grabbed her purse and took cash from her wallet before running north on 8th Street .

    The individual is described as a 5'10", white male with brown hair, 25 to 30 years old, with numerous tattoos, including a small one under his left eye. He was wearing a blue baseball hat, blue t-shirt, and jeans.

     Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division at 850-609-2000 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS.