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By Juan Carlos Fanjul bio|email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

MANALAPAN, FL (WFLX) - The bonfire party continued and the cocktails kept flowing on the beach at the Ritz-Carlton in Manalapan despite an intense police search for an armed suspect Tuesday night.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office was looking for 22-year-old Jermaine Wayne Van Buskirk of suburban Lake Worth who was wanted in an alleged kidnapping. Deputies were seen with machine guns around hotel property as the Eagle helicopter circled over shining the spotlight on the ground below. 

Detectives say Van Buskirk kidnapped his girlfriend at gunpoint after a fight earlier in the evening. She managed to get out of the car along Lantana Road, but her boyfriend drove all the way to the beach and parked right across the street from the Ritz.

PBSO ordered hotel security to keep all guests inside as the search intensified around the hotel and the nearby Lantana public beach.

Just after 9pm Van Buskirk was spotted by the Marine unit laying on the beach 30 feet north of the hotel property. He reportedly was trying to bury himself in the sand when he was caught.

"People were there around the fireplace having dinner and cocktails and sitting around the pool overlooking the beach while police searched for the man," said hotel guest John Hess visiting from New York.

PBSO says the suspect was arrested without incident and his girlfriend was not injured.

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