On Thursday, June 4, 2015, Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 58-year-old Frederick Eugene Whitten, Main Street Haines City, charging him with Second Degree Attempted Murder, and Kidnap Inflict Bodily Harm/Terrorize Victim.
According to the arrest affidavit, at approximately 6:30 am, Thursday morning, the female victim, was jogging on the shoulder of the roadway in the area of Old Lake Wilson Road, Davenport, when she was struck by a red 2011 Chevrolet pick-up truck. Whitten was the driver.
After hitting the victim from behind causing her to fall to the ground along the shoulder of the road, Whitten stopped his vehicle, retrieved a hammer from his truck and walked toward the victim. Whitten then sat on the victim’s legs and attempted to strike the victim in the head with the hammer.
The victim was able to pull the hammer from Whitten’s hand as she defended herself. Whitten then began to choke the victim and pushing her toward a patch of tall grass in the area.
After several minutes of struggling, another vehicle stopped and asked if help was needed. Whitten stood up and walked to the passenger side of his own vehicle at that time. The victim then asked the witness to call 911.
Whitten was booked into the Polk County Jail on no bond. Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating that witness.
The area of the incident is approximately ¼ mile south of the Osceola/Polk County line on Old Lake Wilson Road.
A driver, also operating a red pick-up truck, stopped to assist then left the scene prior to deputies arriving. The driver is a witness only. Deputies wish to speak to the witness in an effort to complete their investigation.
This witness, and any other possible witnesses are asked to contact the PCSO at 863.298.6200.