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Updated: 08/09/2014 08:00:02AM

Murder for hire thwarted in Fort Meade

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Vincent A. Madhavath


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A bizarre alleged murder for hire case that involved a Winter Haven man and his wife came to an end in Fort Meade last week.

Vincent Madhavath, 43, was charged with solicitation to commit murder and possession of a firearm during a felony after meeting with an undercover agent from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Fort Meade on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

The suspect was arrested after his vehicle was stopped at the intersection of North Seminole and Langford Street shortly after 11:30 a.m.

According to an arrest affidavit, Madhavath met with an undercover agent at an undisclosed location in Fort Meade, and handed over a $5,000 cash down payment. A week earlier, according to the report, the Winter Haven man allegedly had offered a total of $15,000 cash for the murder of his wife.

The case began in late May, police said. Reports indicated that initially, Madhavath requested that the killing be done in a parking lot and to make the murder appear to be part of carjacking.

However, last week, during the clandestine meeting, reports indicate that the suspect wanted to make his wife’s death appear to be the result of a home invasion at their Berkshire Lane house in Winter Haven.

Reports said in addition to the $5,000, he also provided the undercover agent a photograph of his wife.

After the meeting was complete, Madhavath left and traveled south on U.S. 17, and turned left on to West Broadway before turning onto North Seminole. He was stopped by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. During the stop, Madhavath indicated he was carrying a loaded Smith and Wesson revolver, which was discovered in his right front pocket and disarmed.

The arrest affidavit indicated that Madhavath was a former manager at Sellers Market in Bowling Green. He was taken to the PCSO Fort Meade substation before being transported to the Polk County Jail, where he is currently being held.

According to the FDLE, undercover agents met with Madhavath three times over a period of two months “to discuss the murder of a female.” Initially, the suspect told law enforcers that “his friend wanted a female killed,” In later meetings, he revealed that the target was in fact his wife.

As part of the staged home invasion plan, Madhavath himself was to be physically assaulted, the FDLE added.

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