On January 4th, 2012, DeFuniak Springs Police and the Walton County Sheriff's Office were investigating a robbery that occurred at Peoples National Bank located at 1452 U.S. Highway 331 South. The suspect entered the bank and presented a note demanding money. No weapon was shown, but the suspect did mention one.
During the course of the investigation, a witness observed a white male, matching the description in the vicinity of Langley Office Supply located on 19th Street.
The DeFuniak Springs Police and Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies quickly set up a perimeter in the area. K-9 Teams From Walton Correctional Institute and Holmes Correctional Institute began tracking the believed suspect.
The suspect was spotted by Law Enforcement near Wal-Mart and immediately fled on foot. A short time later, he was apprehended by DeFuniak Springs Police in the area of Bob Sikes Road.
The white male subject was identified as Kimberly Keith Cook, DOB: 10/30/1993. He initially told police he ran because he had always wanted to run from police. He later recanted, advising that he had an active warrant and he had shoplifted items from Bealls Outlet.
All items were recovered and returned to the place of business. Cook was taken into custody by DeFuniak Springs Police and transported to the Walton County Department of Corrections for an active warrant of Felony Possession of Prescription Drugs with Intent to Distribute.
Lieutenant Tilman Mears
Special Operations Division Commander