Brunswick Co. robbery suspect, brother arrested after Florida chases
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man wanted for a robbery in Brunswick County is in custody in Florida after car and foot chases with police.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office was looking for Zachariah Bay, 21, after they say he robbed the Family Dollar in Calabash at gunpoint around noon Wednesday and made off with some cash.
The sheriff’s office says the investigation revealed Bay was in a black Ford Sport Trac driven by his brother Jacob Denzil Conner Bay, 20. The vehicle had been reported stolen from South Carolina. Detectives also believed the pair may be traveling to Florida, so they contacted law enforcement there.
Last night the Florida Highway Patrol contacted BCSO detectives and told them they had been involved in a chase with the Bay brothers that reached speeds in excess of 100 mph along I-95. The chase ended when the vehicle crashed and the suspects ran off. According to a BCSO spokeswoman, some time later, the Indian River Sheriff’s Office contacted BCSO detectives and said the duo had stolen a second vehicle about two miles from the crash.
Officers with the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department searched the area for the gray GMC pick-up. It was spotted parked near a hotel off of Highway 84. When the suspects saw law enforcement in the area, they reportedly ran into the hotel. Officers secured the area and set up a perimeter. The Bays then ran away from the hotel.
Ft. Lauderdale Police found Jacob Bay at a nearby shopping center, where they say he gave them a fictitious name and other information. Zacharian Bay ran to an occupied home, where police say he broke in. Ft. Lauderdale Police arrested him a short time later with the help of a K9.
No one was hurt during the incident with the exception of Zachariah Bay, who suffered minor injuries from the K9.
Both Bays are in the Broward County Jail. They will face charges in Florida before being brought to Brunswick County, where the Zachariah Bay will face charges for armed robbery.