Walton County Sheriff deputies were called to a fight at the drive-thru of a Taco Bell on June 28. Two victims told deputies they had been attacked by four men in a black Ford pickup truck.
WALTON COUNTY — Another suspect linked to a June road rage incident was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated battery and burglary with assault.
David Wayne Lanier, who is one of four suspects linked to the attack, was located and arrested by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, a press release from the Walton County Sheriff's Office said. Another suspect, 34-year-old Blake Roberson of Destin, turned himself in about two weeks ago.
Deputies were called to a fight at the drive-thru of a Taco Bell on June 28, according to one of the initial press releases from the Sheriff's Office. Two victims told deputies they had been attacked by four men in a black Ford pickup truck. The victims said they were traveling west on U.S. Highway 98 when they passed the truck using the left lane. The driver of the truck then began to tailgate them as they approached the intersection of Poinciana Boulevard, illegally maneuvering through traffic to follow the couple.
The couple turned into the parking lot of Taco Bell and entered the drive-thru located behind the building. The men drove past the front of the building, parked their vehicle on the east side of the restaurant, got out and confronted them as they ordered food, according to the news release.
One of the men then reached inside inside the couple’s vehicle and punched the passenger in the head and face, the news release said. The victim got out and all four men continued their assault. The men also took a flashlight from the victim and used it to to attack him. The victim suffered a broken jaw.
Meanwhile the female driver got out of the vehicle to retrieve the flashlight. She said one of the men grabbed her by the throat with both hands to shove her away as he closed the door of the truck before they left the scene, according to the release.
The other two suspects have not yet been arrested.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 892-8111 or you can remain anonymous by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS. Submit a web tip at http://www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com/ or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application.