Kings County deputies chase robbery suspect about 20 miles before making arrest

By The Leader Staff
Suspect Jeramie Marino
Suspect Jeramie Marino

The Kings County Sheriff’s Department, on October 4, at about 11:45 p.m., dispatched deputies to the In-N-Out Burger in Kettleman City to investigate a robbery.

The fast-food restaurant cashier contacted Kings County dispatchers when a subject, later identified as suspect Jeramie Marino, was in the restaurant’s drive-thru. He warned the cashier that instead of paying for his meal, he planned to rob the restaurant.

While deputies made their way to Kettleman City, a second cashier who worked at the nearby Shell Station called and reported that the same suspect had just robbed the store, forcefully stealing cigarettes.

Both reporting parties were able to provide a detailed description of the suspect and his vehicle. Deputies quickly located the car and planned to stop the vehicle near Highway 41 and Quail Avenue.

The suspect, Marino, refused to pull over and instead sped away. Deputies pursued the suspect, who fled the deputies at speeds over 100 miles per hour while driving without his headlights. The pursuit covered approximately 20 miles, lasted 13 minutes, and ended on Highway 41 near York Avenue after Marino’s vehicle ran out of gas.

The suspect refused to exit his vehicle despite numerous commands from deputies. The Kings County SWAT Team and Crisis Resolution Team (SRT) arrived on the scene.

Marino remained in his car smoking cigarettes and randomly rolled the windows up and down as SWAT and CRT arrived and then took control of the scene.

The standoff continued for several hours as the suspect refused to surrender. At approximately 4 a.m., Marino exited the car, and a less-lethal Bola Wrap was utilized in an attempt to subdue him. However, the attempt was not successful, and the SWAT team quickly took the suspect to the ground and made an arrest.

While searching his vehicle, law enforcement officers found a glass smoking pipe that deputies suspected may have recently been used to smoke Methamphetamine.

Deputies booked Marino into the Kings County Jail on robbery, felony pursuit, resisting arrest, and possession of paraphernalia charges. Bail was set at $85,000.         


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