SHALIMAR—A 39-year-old man was arrested on Christmas Day after he allegedly used a hatchet to destroy a bathroom door and attempted to attack family members in a 7th Avenue home.



During a verbal altercation that turned physical, Jason Edward Godwin used a small hatchet and his feet to gain entry into a bathroom where three family members were hiding.


The reported disturbance began after a phone call between Godwin and one of the family members, according to an arrest report from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.


After the phone call, the family member went to the 7th Avenue home to grab her belongings.


During the altercation, she and two family members retreated to a bathroom because they were afraid of Godwin, according to the arrest report. He became angry when he noticed one of them was holding a jar of money.


After destroying the door, he entered the bathroom and attempted to attack one of the family members.


One of the victims grabbed the handle of the hatchet and hurt her right arm, the report said.


Godwin then left the residence to hide the weapon.


He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and culpable negligence, according to his arrest report. He is currently in the Okaloosa County Jail. No bond has been set.