Laurel Hill Man Uses Sledge Hammer to Fend Off Sexual Attack

September 14, 2016

A Laurel Hill resident faces multiple felony charges after he reportedly stabbed another man he was attempting to sexually assault.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged 21-year old Michael Landis Reeves of 7901 County Road 393 with Aggravated Battery, Armed Attempted Sexual Battery, Attempted Burglary, and Attempted Escape.

Michael Landis Reeves

Michael Landis Reeves

Deputies were called to a disturbance at a home on County Road 393 in Laurel Hill around 4:30 a.m. on September 11th.

They discovered that the day before, Reeves had tried to force another man to have sexual intercourse, and then stabbed him in the abdomen with a filet knife when he refused.

The man left and went to a family member’s house for safety. However when he went back to the home on County Road 393 the next morning, he says Reeves made a second attempt. The victim then fled to a neighbor’s house. He says when Reeves followed him, he jabbed Reeves in the stomach with a sledge hammer to fend him off. The neighbor allowed the victim inside the house and Reeves tried to get in as well.

When deputies arrived and placed Reeves in custody a short time later, he tried to lower the window on a patrol car and climb out a rear window.

Deputies say the victim had a puncture wound to the abdomen, along with numerous scratches and bruises. Inside the house that was the scene of the attacks, they also found numerous broken items, along with a knife on a bed.

Click here to read full arrest report for Michael Landis Reeves

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