“Man with Ties to Dead Lyft Driver Extradited to Florida to Face Murder Charge”

A man with connections to a deceased Lyft driver has been extradited to Florida to face a murder charge unrelated to the Lyft driver’s death. Mathew Scot Flores was apprehended after leading police on a chase in North Carolina in a car belonging to a missing Lyft driver. He has been charged with first-degree murder, grand theft, tampering with physical evidence, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Flores is also a person of interest in the death of another Lyft driver but has not been charged in that case. Rachel Tucker reported

A man who is connected to a deceased Lyft driver has been transported to Florida to face a murder charge in a separate incident. Mathew Scot Flores, aged 36, was taken into custody and booked into the Hardee County Jail on Tuesday, as confirmed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). Flores had been on the run since January when he was accused of fatally shooting Jose Carlos Martinez in Wauchula. He was apprehended over a week later after leading police on a chase across North Carolina in a vehicle that belonged to a missing Lyft driver from south Florida.

The FDLE Special Agent in Charge, Eli Lawson, stated that the arrest of Flores ensures the safety of Florida residents, as they should not have to worry about violent criminals like him living freely. The FDLE Sebring Field Office agents and the Wauchula Police Department worked tirelessly to ensure that Flores faces the consequences of his actions. With Flores now behind bars, the people of Florida can rest easy.

Flores is facing charges of first-degree murder, grand theft, tampering with physical evidence, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in relation to the Wauchula shooting. It should be noted that Flores has not been charged in connection to the death of Lyft driver Gary Levin, whose body was discovered in an Okeechobee County swamp on February 4. However, Flores was identified as a “person of interest” in that case. Stephanie Velgara, a Florida woman accused of aiding Flores in evading the police, has been charged as an accessory after the fact. Lindsay DiBetta, Levin’s daughter, mentioned that her father’s car had been spotted in multiple cities in Florida before it was found in North Carolina.

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