Authorities said 20-year-old Justin Quick and 24-year-old Misty Burns used their victim's credit cards and drove his car, which was spotted in the motel parking lot.
Cumberland County Deputies, Carolina Beach Police, and the FBI were all involved in the take-down.
A woman in a room next to the couple said she saw officers crouched down on their knees, weapons drawn, and were yelling "Come out! Get out now!"
Burns and Quick surrendered without incident.
The pair had been on the run since Tuesday. That's when investigators say 49-year-old William Foster was killed, his body then dumped and set on fire.
Late Tuesday evening firefighters were called to a brush fire behind a small building on Tom Starling Road. After the blaze was put out, the firefighters discovered Foster's body.
Investigators say Burns and Quick frequently stayed with Foster at his home on Paddlefish Drive in Hope Mills. A neighbor told detectives that Tuesday evening, Foster's car was seen at his back door with the engine running.
Deputies say after dumping Foster's body, the couple allegedly took off in his car.
A nationwide alert for the car and the suspects was issued, and the car was reported seen at the Buccaneer Motel in Carolina Beach.
Burns and Quick are charged with first degree murder and theft. Their first court appearance was on Thursday. District Attorney Billy West said he hasn't decided yet if he'll seek the death penalty.
Late Thursday evening, William Foster's daughter told Eyewitness News she was relieved that her Father's accused killers had been caught, but said she and her mother are taking her dad's death very hard.
Quick and Burns are being held without bond. Their next court appearance is on July 16.
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