NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
August 28, 2006
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


     A 27-year old Fort Walton Beach man suspected of beating, choking, and pistol-whipping his girlfriend was arrested late Sunday by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.  Active warrants served against Vincente Singleterry include failure-to-appear on original charges of burglary and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

     Investigators took him into custody shortly before midnight at Apartment B-5, 204 Fourth Street  SE in Fort Walton Beach .

     Deputies had been searching for Singleterry since August 25th in connection with a domestic violence attack on 24-year old Suzanne Cicchetti of 638 Virginia Oak Court . The Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team responded to Cicchetti’s address early Friday morning after she showed up at a neighbor’s townhome covered with blood. Two children were inside Cichetti’s residence when the attack took place, but deputies recovered both unharmed. Singleterry had left the scene before deputies arrived.

    Warrants are currently pending against Singleterry for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, kidnapping, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and child neglect.

    He was taken to the Okaloosa County jail in Crestview.