For Immediate Release
|April 28, 2011||
Dominic Guadagnoli, Public Affairs Officer
Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force (850) 554-6602;
USMS Headquarters Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
|U.S. Marshals Task Force Arrest Attempted Murder Suspect in Niceville|
Niceville, FL – The U.S. Marshals Florida
Regional Fugitive Task Force from Pensacola arrested an Alabama man this
afternoon who is wanted for luring a another man into the woods where he had
planned to kill him and then bury him in a grave he already dug up. Nicholas
Wayne Hamlett, 31, is wanted on charges of Attempted Murder, Kidnapping and
Menacing after tricking the man into following him into a wooded area where he
had planned to beat the man to death. Hamlett had a baseball bat, zip ties,
gasoline, a bag of lime and a pre-made hole intended to be the man’s grave
waiting for him. According to reports, Hamlett first beat the man and then tied
him up with the zip ties. However, at some point the unidentified man apparently
broke free and beat Hamlett so severely he was in a coma for about two weeks.
Hamlett was arrested without incident by Marshals and Task Force Officers from
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and the Niceville Police Department at an
apartment complex on the 700 Block of Palm Blvd., in Niceville. Hamlett was
believed to be in the Niceville area for about a month or so working as a waiter
in a local restaurant. He was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail as a fugitive
from justice until he can be extradited back to AL.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.