July 3, 2012 -
A 50-year-old homeless man was arrested Monday, July 2 after beating a 45-year-old Crawfordville victim who attempted to help the man by giving him a place to stay, according to Wakulla County Sheriff Donnie Crum.
William Andrew Hadd was arrested for aggravated battery, grand theft of a vehicle and robbery with a weapon. The incident took place off Council Moore Road in Crawfordville, but sheriff’s investigators apprehended their suspect near Coastal Highway 98 and Casora Drive in the Medart area after a brief vehicle chase.
The victim met Hadd at a local business establishment and allowed the homeless man to sleep in his shed. After staying in the shed for two days the victim asked Hadd to leave. Hadd became angry and struck the victim in the head eight to 10 times with a pool cue ball.
During the altercation Hadd demanded the keys to the victim’s car and drove away with the vehicle. Wakulla Sheriff’s Office Communications put out a BOLO for the vehicle and Lt. Fred Nichols observed the car drive into the Medart subdivision.
Hadd failed to stop for Lt. Nichols despite the lieutenant having his emergency lights and siren in operation. Eventually, Hadd crashed into a residential yard near Coastal Highway 98 where he caused damage to a child’s batting cage, a fence and tree.
Lt. Nichols took control of the suspect without any further incident and transported him to the Wakulla County Jail. The victim suffered a laceration and abrasions on his head, but refused medical treatment.
After the arrest, additional charges of reckless driving, fleeing and eluding and driving while license suspended or revoked with knowledge were added against Hadd. Lt. Mike Kemp, Sgt. Mike Helms, Deputy Scott Rojas and Deputy Vicki Mitchell also investigated.
Hadd remains in the Wakulla County Jail. No bond has been set for the homeless man.