69-year-old Robert Marone, one of New Jersey's 12 most wanted fugitives, was caught on Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
By David Chang •
One of New Jersey’s 12 most wanted fugitives was captured in Florida.
State police announced Sunday that 69-year-old Robert Marone was caught Friday around 2:30 p.m. in Fort Lauderdale, where he was found walking along a roadway. The arrest came less than an hour after someone called in a tip to a state police fugitive hotline. Investigators say a concerned citizen called the New Jersey State Police after learning Marone had been using an alias for more than 15 years. Police say the tipster researched Marone on the Internet and viewed photos of him on New Jersey’s 12 Most Wanted website.
Credit: Broward Sheriff's Office
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Marone was lodged in the Broward County Jail in Florida after being processed. He is currently awaiting extradition back to New Jersey.
"The cooperative effort leading to the apprehension of Robert Marone is a excellent example of how well law enforcement can work together to accomplish a common goal," said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. "We are grateful for the fast actions of the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in assisting us to close the cell doors on this two-decades-old fugitive case."
Marone was placed on New Jersey’s 12 Most Wanted list in 1995. In 1992 he was charged with the aggravated sexual assault of a child in Ocean County, NJ. He is also wanted by the New Jersey Parole Board for violation of parole, stemming from a 1971 murder conviction, according to investigators.