Las Vegas police have confirmed that the man accused of stabbing his roommate, Clifton Taylor, 25, to death in May has been arrested in California.
Highway Patrol troopers took Zachary Drey, 25 into custody at a gas station near Indio Friday night. He will be held without bail on a single charge of being a fugitive from justice until he can be extradited back to Las Vegas.
He has a warrant out for him on charges of murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. Taylor, the victim, was a computer engineering student serving as the president of UNLV’s National Society of Black Engineers chapter.
He was stabbed on May 31 in his apartment and Drey was named as a suspect early on. According to reports he had called a family member and admitted to the killing.
Detectives found Taylor dead in the bathtub. He had suffered significant stab wounds. Police think that the killing took place in another room and that Drey had attempted to clean up the scene.
They set up a manhunt for Drey the same day as the killing and he was considered armed and dangerous.
Taylor had a full-time job awaiting him upon graduation at Northrop Grumman Corp., a global aerospace and defense technology company, according to Ashley Agoha, the secretary of UNLV’s National Society of Black Engineers chapter.
“Clifton was one of the kindest, most softspoken people you’ll ever meet and he worked harder than anyone,” she said. “We at NSBE are truly heartbroken but blessed to have known Clifton who was an inspiration to many.”