SHALIMAR — Three teens face burglary charges after Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigated an incident early this morning, April 26, in Laurel Hill.
According to an OSCO media release, the teens "indicated they had planned to stab, punch, and if needed kill someone, in order to steal jewelry and money during a burglary."
The press release stated an elderly resident on Miller Street in Laurel Hill awoke to noises near his back door shortly before one a.m. and saw three people running away as his dogs chased them.
OCSO deputies canvassed the area and developed three teenage suspects – two juveniles and an adult.
The three — Daniel Jackson, 15; Jacob Parker, 16; and Anthony King, 19 — are charged with armed burglary of an occupied dwelling and possession of burglary tools, according to the release.
Deputies say the trio entered the victim’s screened-in pool and patio area, using a knife to cut a screen.
"They fled the scene when the homeowner became aware of their presence and armed himself in defense. Deputies recovered the knife from their escape route," the media release stated.
"During the planning stages, the three defendants agreed to punch, stab, and/or kill the occupants to carry out the crime and that Jackson was armed with the knife used to cut the screen."
King was booked into the Okaloosa County jail in Crestview. The juveniles were detained by the Department of Juvenile Justice.