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Police release suspect sketches in Centreville handyman slaying

Fairfax County police on Thursday released composite drawings of the two men who shot and killed handyman Jose Rosales as he defended a Centreville family in their home Monday morning.

Rosales, 39, was shot to death after two men entered the garage of a home on Compton Road about 10:45 a.m. Monday and threatened the residents, the Brar family. The men then fled and police believe they left the area in an older model white Toyota pickup truck with dark tinted windows.

Composite sketches of the suspects. The older suspect is at left. (Fairfax Police)

The first suspect is a darker-skinned black man, believed to be between his late 20s or mid-30s, and is the man who shot Rosales, police said. He spoke with a "distinct raspy voice" and may be a heavy smoker. The second suspect called this man "Slim." He appeared to have a thin mustache.

The second suspect is a lighter-skinned black man, thought to be between 20 and 25 years old. He appeared to have a light beard growing.

Both men were wearing dark jumpsuits and dark knit hats, police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said,

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

Also, an effort is underway to set up a fund for donations to the Rosales family in Guatemala, where Rosales has two children in college. Details of that fund will be published as soon as they are finalized.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  May 20, 2010; 12:24 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Homicide , Tom Jackman , Unsolved , Updates  
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I think the racists are facing a dillemma here! Should they like these black men for killing an illegal or should they hate them for being black. Just hate everyone is probably what they'll do.

Posted by: FiatBooks | May 20, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

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