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$25,000 added to reward for information in Centreville slaying

The Fairfax County family who said that their handyman sacrificed his life for theirs last week has added $25,000 to the reward fund for information leading to arrests in the slaying of Jose R. Rosales.

Rosales, 39, was shot to death when two armed men invaded a mansion overlooking Compton Road, just east of Route 28 in the Centreville area, about 10:40 a.m. on May 17. The Brar family who lives in the mansion said Rosales, a handyman for the family, saved their lives by confronting the gunman, and sources close to the case said Rosales actually took a gun away from one suspect before giving it back and then being shot.

Fairfax Crime Solvers already had offered a $1,000 reward for information. Police said Tuesday that an additional private reward of $25,000 also is being offered, and sources familiar with the case said the Brars had provided it. The family could not be immediately reached for comment.

On Monday morning, Fairfax police returned to Compton Road looking for anyone who might have seen the getaway vehicle used after the slaying.

Exactly one week after Rosales' shooting, Fairfax homicide detectives and officers were out on the road, handing out flyers with a picture of an older model white Toyota pickup truck, which police think the gunmen may have used to escape. Composite drawings of the two suspects were also on the flyer.

The suspects were described as black, about 5 feet 10 inches tall. They both wore dark-colored shirts and work pants. One suspect was older, in his late 20s to mid 30s. He had a darker complexion and spoke with a distinct, raspy voice. He may be a heavy smoker. He had a faint, thin goatee on his face. He is believed to be the gunman. The second suspect was younger, between 20 and 25 years old. He had a lighter complexion and a faint, thin beard and mustache. He called the older suspect “Slim.” The pickup truck seen near the home was an older-model, white Toyota with dark, tinted windows.

Police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said police handed out flyers from 7:30 am to 11 a.m. to drivers and pedestrians. Anyone with information about the truck or the homicide is asked to call Fairfax police Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477.

-- Tom Jackman

By Washington Post editors  |  May 25, 2010; 1:23 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Homicide , Tom Jackman , Unsolved , Updates  
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They should offer a $26,000 reward for the story. The Washington Post printed two articles, and still didn't manage to get it.

Posted by: postfan1 | May 25, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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