Deltona man wanted in stabbings of parents captured

Thomas FeyCourtesy photo / Thomas Fey, wanted on two counts of attempted murder in the Sunday stabbings of his parents in the Deltona home they shared, has been apprehended.

DELTONA -- Thomas Fey, the 28-year-old Deltona man wanted on a warrant accusing him of stabbing his parents over the weekend, was apprehended tonight in Hernando County after a chase through four counties, A Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman confirmed.

Orange, Lake, Sumter and Hernando Counties by deputies after he reports earlier in the day had him seen in several Central Florida communities.

"The suspect was captured this evening and has been taken into custody in Hernando County," Gary Davidson, spokesman for Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson, told NSBNews.net.

"Thomas Fey's vehicle was first spotted in Orange County by an Oakland Police Officer. Fey sped from the scene, west into Lake County, where Lake County Sheriff's deputies joined in the pursuit.

Fey then travelled through Sumter County and into Hernando County, where Hernando deputies successfully deployed stock sticks to disable the vehicle along S.R. 50."

Lake County deputies were on-scene to take Fey into custody at 9:07 p.m., Davidson said.    

Theresa Fey, 54, was rushed by ambulance, and Thomas Fey, 60, was flown by the Sheriff's Air One helicopter to to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach following the 5 p.m. Sunday attacks. The father underwent emergency surgery. The victims are continuing to recover from their injuries and have been discharged from the hospital.

Fey fled in his parents' 2009 silver Jeep Grand Cherokee. Sheriff's investigators have not released any details on what prompted the stabbings. A warrant for his arrest was obtained Monday from a circuit judge, leading to an all points bulletin for police agencis throughout the state and elsewhere.

Volusia County Sheriff's investigators are en-route to Hernando County to interview Fey,Davidson said. He'll be booked into jail in Hernando County on the Volusia County warrant charging him with two counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of grand theft of a motor vehicle.

Editor's Note: Here is a summary of how the arrest went down as reported to the news media by Wendy McGinnis, spokesman with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office:

Suspect:
THOMAS R FEY - W/M - 06/12/1983
3215 Hyder Ave.
Deltona, Florida

Vehicle:
YEAR: 2009
MAKE/MODEL:JEEP/CHEROKEE
BODY STYLE:UTILITY
LICENSE: FL TAG 285HER

Just before 9:00 pm Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Dispatchers were monitoring the state wide tactical radio channel and heard what they recognized as a high speed chase occurring in Lake County. As the dispatchers continued to monitor the radio they heard the chase make its way to S.R. 50 and turn west towards Sumter County.

At that time one of the dispatchers contacted the road sergeant working on the east side of Hernando County to give him a heads up that a high speed chase may possibly be heading towards Hernando County. While this notification was being made it was learned that the suspect involved in the chase was wanted for 2 counts of attempted homicide out of Volusia County.

As a precaution the road sergeant and a patrol deputy began to head towards the Hernando and Sumter County line to set up spike strips. At 9:04 p.m. the suspect vehicle entered Hernando County at which time the spike strip was successfully deployed. At 9:07 p.m. the suspect vehicle came to rest on S.R. 50 just inside the Hernando County Line between Richloam Clay Sink Rd and McKinny Sink Rd.

Lake County was able to conduct a felony stop on the driver and he was successfully taken into custody without incident. The suspect, Thomas Fey, will be booked in at the Hernando County Detention Center later this evening.

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