Two people arrested in connection with the shooting death of Section R of Zaire Roberts

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Palm Coast residents in connection with a home invasion robbery that resulted in the shooting death of Zaire Roberts, a 23-year-old Palm Coast resident, on the night of December 29, 2021.

“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. .”

—RICK STALY, Flagler County Sheriff

Kwentel Moultrie, 23, and Taylor Manjarres, 20, are in the Perry Hall Sheriff Detention Center on $400,000 bail after FCSO detectives arrested them on Friday afternoon, Feb. 25, for burglary of a dwelling with a weapon and second degree murder. .

Neither had shot Roberts themselves: Roberts had worked with Moultrie and Manjarres to steal drugs from a resident of the house, a drug dealer, during a planned drug buy . Dealer shot and killed Roberts in self-defense after Roberts shot him twice.

Manjarres had met the occupant of the Regent Lane house just before 9.30pm that evening.

Moultrie and Roberts were hiding outside the house when Manjarres distracted the resident while Kwentel and Roberts entered the house. The resident and drug dealer, also armed, confronted Roberts. There was a shootout.

Moultrie and Manjarres then fled the scene in a nearby car. The resident sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Roberts died at the scene from his injuries.

Detectives immediately launched a massive seven-week investigation.

Over the past seven weeks, detectives from the FCSO Major Cases Unit, led by Senior Detective Sarah Scalia, have spoken with scores of people, reviewed hours of surveillance footage, served more than 20 search warrants and subpoenas, filled more than 15 preservation orders involving social media accounts, electronic accounts and mobile devices, reviewed 911 call records from the night of the home invasion and surveyed several neighborhoods to gather information and evidence to solve this case.

“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.

Analysts from the FCSO’s Real Time Crime Center, PACE Unit, Community Policing Division, CSI and Digital Forensics Unit as well as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, District Attorney’s Office the State of the 7th Judicial Circuit – Homicide Investigations Unit and the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office assisted during this extensive investigation.

“Our entire team and agency partners 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,” added Sheriff 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 to do get these violent offenders out of our communities and into our prison.

Moultrie has an extensive criminal history, including six felony arrests and four misdemeanors.

Previous arrests include sexual battery, sudden robbery, armed robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, and theft and drug offenses.

Prior to his arrest, Moultrie was on bail for a sex offense committed in 2019. In January 2021, while on bail for the sex offense, he committed two other crimes in Volusia County.

Manjarres previously faced charges of driving with a license suspension and possession of marijuana (less than 20 grams).