FREEPORT —  Walton County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a suspect following an armed robbery in Freeport early Tuesday morning.

At about 6:30 a.m.,  deputies responded to a call in reference to an armed burglary and aggravated assault at the 14000 block of 331 Business in Freeport. Nearby schools including Freeport Elementary and Freeport Middle were on lockdown as deputies searched for the suspect.

The victim stated a man came inside her home and threatened her and her son with a weapon, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

The suspect initially fled on foot, but is thought to be driving around the area in a beat-up, older model sedan, possibly a Toyota, gold or silver in color with gold or silver spray paint covering the dents on the vehicle. The back windshield was busted out and is covered in an unknown material, the release said.

The suspect is described as a white man with brown hair, approximately 6 feet tall. He may be wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans and tan shoes.

The suspect has black tattoos covering his arms, hands and chest. He also has a surgical scar stretching from his sternum just below his bellybutton with fresh staples as observed by a witness from a previous encounter with the suspect, according to the release.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 892-8111 or you can remain anonymous by calling Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS. Submit a web tip at http://www.emeraldcoastcrimestoppers.com/ or send a mobile tip using the P3 Tips Mobile Application or the Walton County Sheriff’s Office smartphone app. You could be eligible for a cash reward.