Niceville man attempts truck robbery with hunting knife

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
The Destin Log

NICEVILLE—A Niceville man who attempted to steal a truck at knife-point was charged with five felonies Monday night after he was captured by law enforcement.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies and the Niceville Police Department responded to an armed disturbance call around 7 p.m. at the Bamboo Sushi and Hibachi on John Sims Parkway, according to a press release from the OCSO.

Shawn Clifford Chaplin, 39, of Hampton Circle is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a law enforcement officer, armed burglary, grand theft of a motor vehicle, armed robbery, and resisting arrest.

A man said Chaplin demanded his keys and tried to hit him with what turned out to be a hunting knife, according to the release.

Chaplin then ran into a nearby unlocked truck, said he had a gun and refused to come out.

As deputies attempted to talk him out of the truck, Chaplin periodically opened the door. During one of those occasions, an OCSO K9 was released to apprehend him and get him under control.

Chaplin spit on a deputy and kicked him in the leg while at Twin Cities Hospital for a medical check, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

No firearm was found, but deputies confiscated a hunting knife with a five-inch blade.