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Fugitive captured in Florida

Fugitive captured in Florida
Fugitive captured in Florida
Zachary Frey (click for larger version)

A 22-year-old Corydon man wanted for his alleged involvement in a rash of burglaries in a seven-county area was captured Thursday in Navarre, Fla.
An arrest warrant was issued for Zachary Frey last Tuesday, and, acting on intelligence, police were able to determine that he was in Leavenworth in Crawford County then later was in Louisville. Frey made his way to Florida, where members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Department located him at the Value Inn in Navarre on Thursday.
Frey was seen working on a vehicle. Additional task force officers were called in to help apprehend Frey. When the arrest team approached him, Frey was able to get his vehicle around a U.S. Marshal’s vehicle then fled the area at a high rate of speed.
Twice Frey made U-turns in a roadway, and on one occasion attempted to crash into a vehicle driven by U.S. Marshal Dominic Guadagnoli. Frey continued to flee at a high rate of speed and drove into oncoming traffic, at which point law enforcement units backed off.
According to an incident report, Frey drove into an access road at Holley Navarre Elementary School, where he turned around. Task force officers, including Guadagnoli, were stopped in the access road, blocking Frey from getting away. Frey then drove his car into Guadagnoli’s vehicle head-on. The crash disabled Frey’s vehicle, and he was apprehended. Neither Frey nor Guadagnoli were injured in the crash.
A clip of ammunition was found in Frey’s car. A consent search of his hotel room was conducted and additional firearms were found.
Frey is currently being held in a Santa Rosa County Jail, where he faces felony charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing and eluding police and resisting a police officer with violence. His bail was set at $85,000.
Guadagnoli told Herald News Media Services that Frey could be seen smiling and taunting officers during the chase.
‘Watching him laughing and smiling while engaged in such obvious disregard to the safety to others just sums up his character,’ Guadagnoli said.
On Friday, more than 100 items Frey allegedly stole were on display at the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department. The total value of the recovered items was about $20,000 to $25,000, though what was actually stolen was more than that because he was selling and pawning items as well, Harrison County Sheriff Rodney (Rod) Seelye said.
During a press conference, Wayne Kessinger, chief at the sheriff’s department, said being a burglar was Frey’s job, and that Frey was very organized and structured with how he approached what he did.
‘He would break into homes between about 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.,’ Kessinger said. ‘The homes were usually secluded or set back off the road.’
Thefts spanned Harrison, Crawford, Washington, Perry, Dubois, Orange and Spencer counties in Southern Indiana.
Kessinger praised all of the law enforcement agencies for working together and networking.
‘It could have been easy for any of the agencies to fold their tents once (Frey) moved out of their jurisdiction, but that’s not what happened,’ he said. ‘We didn’t care who got the credit for getting him as long as he was apprehended.’
Harrison County Prosecutor J. Otto Schalk said he didn’t anticipate Frey would make it to Indiana for quite some time.
‘He’s probably looking at a federal charge for the crash, so, once Florida is done with him, we’ve got a lock on him and we’ll take care of him,’ Schalk said. ‘It’s going to be a while before he’s out on the streets.’
Frey was last in the Harrison County Jail in March, when he was charged with public intoxication and resisting law enforcement. He was released after posting a 20-percent surety bond.

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