EDWARDSVILLE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Eyewitness News is learning more tonight about the search of a home and a vehicle in Luzerne County from Tuesday. It’s the same area where 29-year-old John Robert Evans was shot to death on June 6th as he sat inside an SUV in a parking lot at the Hill Top Apartments.
Eyewitness News obtained the search warrant affidavits. We now know why troopers returned this week with a search warrant and what they say they found.
State troopers searched apartment number 15 inside building 511 of the Hill Top Apartments. We saw them searching through bags on the front porch. They removed items from the apartment and placed them inside a mobile crime lab. They also searched this car parked in front of the apartment.
The homicide took place in the early morning hours of June 6th. Investigators say John Robert Evans was sitting in a running SUV along with 26-year-old Eli Quadree Smith. A man approached the vehicle and spoke briefly with Evans. Troopers say the man pulled out a gun and fired 12 shots into the driver’s side of the vehicle. Evans died at the scene and Smith suffered non-life threatening injuries.
State troopers say there was a large party in an adjoining parking lot with about 50 people. Investigators believe that someone at that party may have information that could lead to an arrest of the gunman.
Information on the search warrant affidavits indicates that state troopers intended to search apartment number 15 but the reasons for the search remain sealed by the court. Sources close to the investigation say troopers were looking for evidence connected to the homicide.
However, the affidavits reveal that during the search of the home, troopers found evidence of an alleged credit card copying and/or manufacturing operation. They recovered what appears to be drivers licenses, fake credit cards, and personal identification information from people from all the east coast of the United States.
Troopers say they also found a small amount of drugs inside the vehicle as well as debit cards that appear to be stolen. Eyewitness News went to the front door of the home in an attempt to speak with the resident. No one answered.
The court documents do list the names of the person who lives in the home as well as the person who owns the car that was searched. We are not identifying those persons at this point in time since they have not been accused of any wrongdoing nor have any charges been filed against them.