Rocky Marino and Ray Morris Manning have both been arrested numerous times, according to an FCSO news release.
Within a few hours on Wednesday, May 23, deputies arrested two fugitives the Sheriff's Office referred to in a news release as "career criminals" with multiple prior arrests, one of whom was also a felon in possession of a firearm.
A Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputy noticed Rocky Marino, 25 and a known fugitive, getting into a car in the parking lot outside the Target on State Road 100 at about 3 p.m., and deputies conducted a felony traffic stop at the intersection of S.R. 100 and Belle Terre Boulevard, according to the FCSO news release.
Marino ran and got into another car, but deputies later found him — again in the Target parking lot — and arrested him. He had an active Flagler County warrant for failure to appear in court for charges of felony controlled substance possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license. He also had two St. John’s County felony warrants for failure to appear for charges of felony burglary and grand theft.
Deputies who searched the vehicle Marino had traveled in found 92 grams of Marijuana, 15 Alprazolam tablets, 9 Oxycodone Hydrochloride tablets, 3 Oxycodone tablets, rolling papers, a digital scale, and a loaded firearm.
They arrested him on the open warrants, plus two counts of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, failure to appear for a felony offense and resisting arrest without violence, according to the news release.
Marino is being held in the Flagler County jail with no bond.
Also at about 3 p.m. the same day, Bunnell Police Department officers tried to serve a warrant for failure to register as a career offender to Ray Manning, 48, at East Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Avenue and South Anderson Street.
When Manning ran from police officers, FCSO deputies came to assist. An FCSO sergeant, Daniel Weaver, saw Manning jump a fence on South Cherry Street. Weaver jumped the fence, caught up to Manning and ordered him to the ground, then used his Taser to subdue Manning after Manning ignored commands, according to the news release.
Manning was charged by Bunnell Police Department for his active warrant, plus cocaine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest without violence. The FCSO also charged Manning with resisting arrest without violence. He is being held at the county jail on a $6,500 bond.
“These are career criminals with a rap sheet a mile long that we are constantly dealing with,” Sheriff Rick Staly said in the news release. “Our deputies did a great job in keeping the community safe while these two events were unfolding simultaneously. I hope the courts send them both away to prison for a very long time.”