By Ava Wilhiteawilhite@abcnews4.com
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) Bay County, Fla., deputies spotted the man wanted for three murders in South Carolina around 7 p.m. Saturday in Mexico Beach.
"A chase ensued. A short time later he crashed, a foot pursuit began and he was captured and is in custody," said Clarendon County Sheriff R. L. Garrett.
Christie Moultrie and her family have been waiting to hear that the man accused of killing 37-year-old Crystal Johnson, Moultrie's sister, is in custody.
"I'm glad that they caught him and caught him alive because I want him to suffer for the things that he's done to my family, as well as the other families, out there in Clarendon County," Moultrie said.
Deputies say Johnson, a mother of three, is one of Eady's victims. Johnson was working as a clerk at the D & V Convenience Store when Eady allegedly shot her, then stole lottery tickets.
The Adams Run store has yet to reopen and a purple wreath was placed on the door in remembrance.
"He's no longer wanted for two murders, he's wanted for three," said Garrett.
Garrett said they will charge Eady with three murders. Garrett says Eady's motive is still unknown, but the families of his alleged victims only care that he's behind bars.
"The kids were like, 'Yes! They caught mama's killer. They got mama's killer,'" said Moultrie.
Deputies in three counties across two states have painted a picture of Eady as a man who would do anything to people who crossed his path.
Clarendon County officials have linked Eady to two killings that happened last Thursday before they say Eady fled the area for Charleston. That's when Charleston County deputies say Eady crossed paths with Johnson at the small convenience store on Savannah Highway headed away from the Holy City.
Deputies believed Eady was headed to Macon, Ga., but my Saturday they had learned he was in the Florida panhandle. They were able to track him using stolen lottery tickets, officials said.
On Sunday, Eady was extradited back to Clarendon County, where Eady allegedly started his crime spree.
Officials have not said when Eady would be transferred to Charleston County to face murder charges in Johnson's death.