Deltona, FL - A 24-year-old Sanford man is now facing a tampering with evidence charge, on top of other charges, after his vehicle was found fully engulfed in flames following a homicide in Deltona.
The Volusia Sheriff's Office (VSO) says Wilbert McFadden Jr. was the last person seen with 23-year-old Marvin Keith Evans III of Sanford before he was found shot to death near a roadway back in April. The investigation indicates he was with Evans on the night of his murder and set his vehicle on fire in the days after.
On top of his tampering with evidence charge—for destroying his vehicle in Kissimmee—McFadden is also charged with kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, and battery in a separate incident at a Deltona gas station on August 10. VSO says deputies responded to a report of a man forcing a woman into a car at gunpoint at a Marathon gas station in Deltona.
Law enforcement learned the suspect was McFadden, who investigators had been searching for since April, and the female victim was an ex-girlfriend. She was able to escape without injuries when McFadden went into an apartment complex in Sanford.
McFadden stayed on the run until early Tuesday morning (August 24) when around 1:30 a.m., Lake Helen police found him injured after he crashed his car in the area of Kicklighter Road and Summit Avenue. He was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach for treatment before he was transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail where he remains on no bond.
The investigation into the Evans homicide remains active and ongoing.