2 arrested in deadly 2021 Zaire Roberts shooting

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office said the victim and two suspects were hoping to scam a drug deal, which led to a shooting.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office arrested two suspects in a fatal shooting in December that stemmed from a drug deal gone wrong.

According to the FCSO, Kwentel Moultrie, 23, and Taylor Manjarres, 20, are both charged with 2nd degree murder and burglary of a home while armed in the death of Zaire Roberts, 23.

The sheriff’s office said Roberts, Moultrie and Manjarres were involved in a drug deal on Regent Lane on December 29, 2021. The trio planned to rip off the drug dealer who lived at the house.

As Moultrie and Roberts hid outside, Manjarres distracted him. Afterwards, Roberts and Moultrie entered armed, according to the sheriff’s office. The drug dealer confronted Roberts, who shot the dealer twice. The dealer fought back in self-defense and killed him.

The drug dealer’s injuries were not life-threatening.

According to the sheriff’s office, Moultrie and Manjarres fled the scene in a car.

“This was a difficult case made even more difficult because the victim of the home invasion was not immediately available and detectives had to use every investigative means at their disposal to solve this case. ” said Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly. “This crime took place because the victim was a drug dealer. Because if he wasn’t dealing drugs, this crime probably wouldn’t have happened. But, sometimes in law enforcement, you have to work with the devil to implicate the other demons in a crime.

For seven weeks, detectives worked to interview witnesses, review hours of surveillance video, serve more than 20 search warrants and execute more than 15 preservation orders on social media accounts, email accounts and mobile devices. .

“Our entire team and partner agencies have done an excellent job in solving this homicide and locating and arresting the suspects. Long hours and around-the-clock investigative work helped bring this to an end,” the sheriff said. Staly, “These cases can be complicated and take time to solve. But I know the dedication of our team and the ability of our agency and I knew we were going to solve this case. I thank them for their incredible work in getting these people out. violent offenders from our communities and bring them into our prison.

The Sheriff’s Office received assistance from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the State’s Attorney’s Office, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, and others.

According to the FCSO, Moultrie has a long criminal history that includes assault, robbery and sex crimes.

Manjarres has previously been charged with driving with a suspended license and possession of marijuana.

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