Financial troubles in deputy killers past
By Dave Culbreth. CREATED Aug 7, 2013
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – FOX 4 has learned more about the man who allegedly shot Sgt. Michael Wilson.
What has not been determined is why 49-year-old Jay Vanko did what they say he did.
Perhaps no one will ever know the answer to that. However, he's had troubles that, when you see them here, may help explain some things.
Jaroslav Vanko, who went by 'Jay', grew up and lived in the Czech Republic until 1999, when at the age of 36, he and his wife, daughter, and son relocated to Key West. For three years he was a cook at the Casa Marie Wyndam Resort. They stayed there until 2002 when they decided to move their family to North Port and bought a $100,000 home.
Jay started a lawn service and did that until he apparently ran into financial problems and lost the house.
"He was a very odd person," said Marlene Adkins who was the Vanko's next door neighbor for eight years. "I know a couple of times they were arguing and I had to call the police to kind of calm it down because it was like 11:30, 12 o'clock at night," she added.
Other neighbors told FOX 4 that just before losing his home Vanko went around and got people to pay for two months lawn care in advance and then skipped out on them.
In 2009, he and his family moved to the Lakes of Tuscana apartments in Port Charlotte. By then, Vanko had developed health problems and he started collecting social security disability.
That, according to records when he filed bankruptcy in 2011. He claimed $6,000 in assets and $110,000 in debts. At the time he was on food stamps and his wife worked at Burger King.
But then, while working out of his apartment, Vanko started a computer repair company called 'Jaynet Computers'.
"There was from what I could see no problems at all," said neighbor and client Bill Mohr. He said just yesterday afternoon he saw Vanko out by the pool. "He was fine. He was there with his wife and they were down one end of the pool getting along very, very well," Mohr added.
He said he even introduced a friend of his to Vanko. "He offered to give my friend a computer just to use one to give it a test drive and said, 'hey, I'll come down, hook it up, hook up your printer, wireless, do whatever," Mohr said.
But then at 8:07 p.m. Monday, investigators say Vanko shot and killed Charlotte County Deputy Sgt. Michael Wilson while he walked up the steps to Vanko's apartment on a domestic dispute call. Mr. Mohr couldn't believe it.
When asked what he thinks happened Mohr shook his head and said, "You know, to tell you the truth, I don't know. I'm very, very shocked, disappointed and actually quite sad because an officer gave his life."
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said Vanko apparently did not have any type of criminal record.
FOX 4 research also indicated Vanko did not have a Concealed Carry License.
Vanko leaves behind a wife, a daughter in the military, and a son who was supposed to start his senior year at Port Charlotte High School Tuesday.
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