The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Milton man with armed home invasion robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and felony violation of community control.
The suspect, 30-year old Douglas Scott Martin, is accused of attacking a Holt couple Saturday evening at their home on Wallman Lane.
The victims of the incident were Arlie and Joyce Grice. They say a man with his face painted black, wearing camos and a hoodie, rushed into their home after Arlie Grice responded to a knock at the door around 9:39 p.m. on Saturday.
The man, who also had a knife, hit Grice numerous times with an axe handle and began demanding money. He also hit Grice’s wife. She was able to get out of the house and call 9-1-1.
When deputies arrived, the man had fled but two OCSO K-9 Units began working a track. The suspect had left behind the axe handle, a glove, and bloody shirt. A deputy later noticed a man without a shirt on who matched the suspect’s description in the parking lot of Brown’s Grocery Store on West Highway 90 in Holt and made contact.
The individual was later identified as Martin. Martin told investigators the home invasion was“a prank”.
52-year old Arlie Grice was transported to North Okaloosa Medical Center with injuries.
Martin is being held at the Okaloosa County Jail in Crestview.