Screaming man on bike flees from deputies after riding in dark with no lights

Justin Anthony Manno

An Ocala man found himself behind bars early Sunday morning after first fleeing from Marion County sheriff’s deputies on a bicycle and then on foot.

Deputies were conducting proactive patrols in the 5300 block of E Silver Springs Boulevard when they spotted 28-year-old Justin Anthony Manno riding a bicycle without any red or white lights. He was seen riding from the south side of the roadway to the north side and then westbound down the sidewalk, a sheriff’s office report states.

Deputies stopped Manno and he dismounted his bicycle and started yelling at them about being pulled over. He got back on his bike and started riding eastbound. Deputies then pulled up next to him in a patrol car and he dismounted his bike, yelled “I’m done” and started running southbound between a fence and building, the report says.

Deputies pursued Manno and gave him commands to stop running. He eventually was apprehended at the southwest corner of a building at 5280 E Silver Springs Blvd., where he was placed on the ground and handcuffed, the report says.

Manno begin to resist arrest by pushing off the side of the patrol vehicle. Deputies quickly regained control of him and he was placed in the backseat of the vehicle. After being read his rights, he told deputies he fled from them because has an active warrant, the report says.

Manno, who lives at 5121 SE 30th St., Apt. C, in Ocala, was transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with resisting an officer without violence and the outstanding a warrant for retail petit theft. He was being held on no bond and is due in court July 30 at 8:30 a.m. to answer to the charges.

Manno is no stranger to the Marion County legal system. He has been held in the jail 10 times since February 2012 and has faced charges – some more than once – that have included:

  • Dealing in stolen property;
  • Grand theft;
  • Loitering or prowling;
  • Resisting an officer without violence;
  • Criminal mischief;
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia;
  • Burglary with assault or battery;
  • Larceny/petit theft;
  • Domestic battery;
  • Driving while license suspended, revoked or canceled;
  • Possession of a controlled substance (heroin);
  • Resisting an officer with violence;
  • Unarmed burglary of an unoccupied dwelling;
  • Battery on an officer/firefighter/EMT;
  • Auto burglary;
  • Uttering a forged check;
  • Forgery; and
  • Simple battery.