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"This destroyed wall at the Fantasy Lounge in Ft. Walton Beach marks the ending spot of a county-wide high speed pursuit that took place after a gun-point carjacking Wednesday evening in Baker."
Around 6:40 p.m., the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from Baker resident Bobby Butterworth.
(To someone else) I need some help! That guy, he stole my car! He had a gun and everything!
OK, you said he had a weapon, ma'am?
Did he actually take you out
Yes sir, he took me, he took me, he took my car, he had his gun in his hand(crying hysterically.) oh my God
Butterworth offered a ride to 21 year old Waylon Ganey at the Dollar General on Highway Four. They drove north, having casual conversation, until he told her to pull over at the Golan Assembly of God. Then, he pulled out a realistic looking BB gun, and drove away in her car, leaving her in the church parking lot. Ganey was seen by police near Crestview. He led them on a chase at speed over one hundred miles per hour down highway 85, and onto Lewis Turner Boulevard, where he crashed into the lounge. Ganey then ran into the nearby neighborhood.
Rhonda Colameto "I opened the door, and the next thing I realize, I hear sirens, I see all these lights, and I've got the SWAT team in my yard telling me I needed to get back in my home, that there was a manhunt."
Ganey was followed by police k-9s, and tried to lose them by stripping to his shorts. Roughly three hours later, the cold temperatures forced him to seek help at the Ft. Walton Beach Medical Center, where deputies arrested him.
Rhonda Colameto "Actually, I was in fear for my life, honestly. It's a shame."
Rob Brown "Residents of the neighborhood that Ganey ran through say being under lockdown for those few hours was one of the scariest things they can remember. In Okaloosa County, Rob Brown, Channel Three News."