Source: Chick-fil-A/Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

WATCH: Fort Walton Beach Chick-fil-A employee stops attempted carjacking

Source: Chick-fil-A/Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

On Wednesday, September 14, 2022, a young employee outside of the Fort Walton Beach Chick-fil-A rushed to help a screaming woman holding a baby this afternoon after a man grabbed her keys and tried to take her car.

According to the OCSO report, the victim was getting the infant out of her car at the restaurant on Beal Parkway when she says the suspect approached her wielding a stick and demanding her keys.

  • He then grabbed the keys from the waistband of her pants, opened her car door, and got inside.

When the victim began screaming for help, that’s when Mykel Gordon, an employee at Chick-fil-A, ran to intervene.

According to the OCSO, the suspect punched the young man in the face but the second victim was not seriously injured. The employee says the man had been involved in another incident shortly before the carjacking attempt.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged 43-year old William Branch of DeFuniak Springs with carjacking with a weapon and battery.

In a Facebook post, Chick-fil-A Fort Walton Beach shared a picture of Mykel Gordon alongside owner Matthew Sexton and wrote, “This is the HERO! At Chick-fil-A, our mission is to serve and today, Mykel took it further…to save.”


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