Police catch up to the man who brandished a gun in a Neptune Quick Chek.Wall Police, who had been assisting with the investigation, posted a message on their Facebook page announcing the arrest.

Wall Police Facebook message (Facebook)

According to the Asbury Park Press, the suspect was arrested at 7 p.m. at the Monmouth Rest Area on the Garden State Parkway in Wall Township.  However, police would not confirm whether the man was armed.

Surveillance photo of QuickChek robbery suspect (Neptune Police)

Police began their search early Friday morning along Route 33 and the Shark River section of the Township after he fled on foot into a wooded area after threatening to discharge the weapon in his mouth.

According to accounts, the man was confronted by the store clerk over a soda he was accused of not paying for. However, police say he never pointed his gun at the store employee and it wasn't a robbery.

Police used helicopter surveillance, local patrolman from Neptune and Wall Townships and even closed Parkway exits 100 for several hours during the morning commute. They also advised Shark River residents to stay indoors with their doors locked because they considered him armed and dangerous.

Ilya Hemlin, Dan Alexander, Matthew White & Jason Allentoff  contributed to this report