UPDATE MAY 25, 12:30 P.M.: Fleming, the suspect in the murder of Latosia Warren, has been located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the DeLand Police Department said.
Fleming was arrested by the Chattanooga Police Department this morning, May 25.
Fleming is currently in custody and awaiting extradition back to Florida for the charge of first-degree murder.
UPDATE MAY 18, 3 P.M.: The suspect has been identified as Robert Fleming, 36. Fleming is wanted for first degree murder in connection to the killing of Latosia Warren, 36. Warren was found dead of a gunshot wound in the parking lot of the Walgreens at the intersection of East New York and Amelia avenues in DeLand.
According to the Police Department, Fleming and Warren are originally from Cleveland, Ohio, but have been in Central Florida for some months. The pair were also romantically involved.
According to the incident report also released by the DeLand Police Department, spent shell casings were observed on the drivers seat of the vehicle.
If a member of public sees the suspect, they are urged to not approach him and call police immediately.
Original story below:
BY CARMEN CRUZ
Police have identified the body of a woman who was found dead in a car parked at Walgreens in the 300 block of East New York Avenue in DeLand.
The body of Latosia M. Warren, approximately 36 years old, was discovered around 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, by the DeLand Police Department in a Chevrolet parked outside of the drugstore.
Warren had been shot a number of times in the early-morning hours of Sunday, May 15, DeLand Police Deputy Chief Adam Kisthardt said at a press conference today.
An unnamed concerned citizen had notified police that the vehicle had been there for several days, according to the Police Department, leading to the investigation.
Apparently, from the outside, nothing was obviously amiss with the Chevrolet.
“To the casual observer, nothing was that conspicuous,” Kisthardt said.
No obvious bullet holes could be seen on the car, and Warren’s body was positioned in such a way that no signs of her injury were apparent.
Police did not find any of Warren’s personal effects in the vehicle, and were able to determine the car was not registered under her name. It likely belongs to someone else, police said.
The investigation is active, and the Police Department was limited in the information they could reveal at the press conference. There was, however, evidence that a gun was fired either in proximity to the vehicle, or in the vehicle, Kisthardt said.
The Volusia County Medical Examiner’s Office is conducting its own investigation. Warren is believed to be from outside of the county, and possibly from out of state.
While no suspects can be identified at this time, Kisthardt said, he confirmed police are “looking at someone” who may have been involved.
“If anyone saw something out of the ordinary in the area of the Walgreens off New York Avenue, we certainly urge them to call the Police Department here and advise us of anything they might know,” Kisthardt said.
Tips can also be submitted through the website Crimewatch, HERE.
Police do not believe the crime was a random act of violence, nor do they think there is any immediate threat to the community.
This story will be updated as new information becomes available.