Police Blotter: September 20-26

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Two men charged with false imprisonment after Crab Island incident

Two men were arrested Sunday after placing two children on their kayaks at Crab Island Sunday afternoon and refusing to give them back to their mothers.

Daniel Maria Hernandez, 54, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and 55-year old Gabriel Bobavilla Gonzalez of Crestview are each charged with false imprisonment of a child under age 13, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

A mother from Illinois was on a pontoon boat with her two children, a three year old boy and one year old girl, along with another mother from Santa Rosa Beach and her 11-year old daughter.

The women say the two men placed the three year old boy and 11 year old girl on kayaks and would not give them back, even though the three year old was crying to return. Hernandez is also accused of trying to take the one year old girl from her mother’s arms. In the meantime, they say Gonzalez-Bobavilla paddled away with the 11-year old girl. They say the men said they “just want to have fun” and “show them a good time.”

Both mothers say they had no interaction with either man before the incident and never gave them permission to take their children. They say they had to struggle for the children’s’ return as the defendants tried to take them away.

Man facing charges after alleged assault with an umbrella pole

A 34-year-old Destin man is facing charges after an argument at the beach turned violent.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies were called to Signature Beach Condos on Aug. 30 at 6 p.m., according to the arrest report. When they arrived, they spoke with the victims, who reported a battery.

One of the victims said he was approached by Edwin Dixon Epperson's wife and told he needed to watch his kids, who were swimming, the report said. The man said he told her his kids were fine and were good swimmers.

He said he sat down and then stood back up when Epperson approached him. Epperson allegedly picked up a wooden umbrella pole and swung it at the victim's face.

The victim said he ran down the beach in fear for his safety, the report said. A witness reported seeing the attack and said he asked Epperson to stop.

The witness said Epperson then punched him in the face, leaving his eye purple and swollen, according to the report. A second witness reported seeing both attacks.

After Epperson was arrested, he reportedly refused to comment on the accusations.

He is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and misdemeanor battery.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 6.

Man accused of stealing car for drunken drive

A 27-year-old Destin man is accused of taking a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette without permission while intoxicated.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies arrested Christopher Russell Crowder on Aug. 31 around 1:45 a.m. for driving under the influence. He was driving the Corvette, which was registered to another man.

When deputies contacted the registered owner, the man said he hadn't given Crowder permission to have the vehicle or the keys to the vehicle, the report said.

Crowder is charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle.

He is scheduled to appear in court o

Man facing drug charges after suspicious vehicle check

A 23-year-old Crestview man is facing drug charges after deputies noticed a suspicious vehicle in Destin.

Okaloosa County Sheriff's deputies were patrolling Commerce Road on Aug. 30 around 1:15 a.m. when they noticed a vehicle with its engine running, according to the arrest report. They stopped to check out the vehicle and saw two men sitting in the front seats.

One of the men, identified as Dakota Von Jones, was seen trying to stuff something into his pocket, the report said. When deputies questioned him, he allegedly tried to brush a baggy with white powder away from his person.

Deputies asked him to step out of the car, at which time the baggy fell into the seat where he'd been sitting, according to the report. Jones was detained and agreed to speak with deputies, stating that the powder belonged to a friend who was not present.

Jones was found to be on probation for felony battery.

He is charged with possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony probation violation.

He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 6.