- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 13, 2000

District of Columbia police yesterday named a suspect in the shooting of two jewelry dealers at a Georgetown carryout restaurant last week.
Police are searching for Zachary Jay Wages Sr., 38, a convicted felon whose last known address was in the 600 block of Edgewood Street NE.
Detectives from the 2nd District have a D.C. Superior Court arrest warrant charging Wages with assault with intent to kill and armed robbery in Wednesday's shootings of the two men.
"Wages should be considered armed and dangerous," police spokesman Sgt. Joe Gentile said.
Police and witnesses said two jewelry dealers from the New York City area entered Moby Dick House of Kabob at 1070 31st St. NW about 4:15 p.m., followed by a man with a gun.
The gunman grabbed the men's briefcase containing an unknown amount of gems and shot both of the salesmen. He escaped in a white Jeep Cherokee.
The hospital where the two men were taken would not say whether they were still patients there. Their names have not been released because they are witnesses. One, in his 20s, was shot in the face and stomach; the other, in his 40s, was shot in the chest.
The restaurant has since reopened.
Detectives refused to say what led them to Wages in their investigation.
Court records show Wages was jailed in 1986 after a conviction for assault with intent to rob while armed and three counts of armed robbery. The length of his incarceration was not clear.
Police have arrested Wages on drug charges three separate times since 1984, but the charges were dismissed in each case. In 1996, he was arrested on an outstanding warrant as a fugitive from justice. Details in that case were not available yesterday.
Wages is black, 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He has a muscular build and may be driving a gold 1995 Ford Contour sedan with the D.C. license plate number AI-5325.
Police also are looking for the driver of the Jeep used to escape.
Anyone with information in the case is asked to call 2nd District detectives at 202/282-0043 or D.C. Crime Solvers at 800/673-2777. Crime Solvers offers up to a $1,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest and indictment.

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