Sheriff’s Office: Robbery suspect ran out of gas during pursuit, sat in car smoking cigarettes during hours-long standoff
Photo: Jeramie Marino | Kings County Sheriff’s Office
A Kings County man was arrested after allegedly robbing two businesses, then leading deputies on a pursuit that soon ended because he ran out of gas, the Sheriff’s Office said.
On the night of Monday, October 4, a man identified as Jeramie Marino (40) allegedly stole a pack of cigarettes from a Kettleman City gas station, then ordered food from a nearby In-N-Out drive-thru but refused to pay for it, instead telling the cashier he was robbing the place, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Both the cashier at the gas station and the one at In-N-Out provided detailed descriptions of Marino, whom deputies caught up with and tried to pull over in the area of Highway 41 and Quail Avenue. Marino instead reportedly led them on a 100+ MPH pursuit that lasted about thirteen minutes, until he ran out of gas near York Avenue.
At that point, the Sheriff’s Office says, Marino barricaded himself inside his vehicle and refused to surrender. SWAT and crisis negotiators responded to try to talk him out of the car, but he remained inside for another several hours, smoking cigarettes and “randomly rolling the windows up and down.”
Finally, at around 4 o’clock the next morning, October 5, Marino exited the vehicle and had to be subdued and taken into custody by SWAT personnel. Deputies searched his vehicle and reportedly found a glass smoking pipe that had been recently used to smoke methamphetamine.
Marino was ultimately booked at the Kings County jail on suspicion of robbery, felony pursuit, resisting arrest, and possession of paraphernalia. His bond was set at $85,000.