Man killed in mansion attack ID'd; Police look for white pickup
Fairfax County police say the man killed by intruders at a Centreville mansion on Monday was a handyman for the family that owned the house.
Jose Ramiro Rosales Cardona, 39, of Courtney Drive in Manassas, was married with two children, police said.
Cardona was killed Monday morning when two gunmen launched an attack on a massive brick mansion and the five people inside, police said. Detectives also are looking for a white pickup truck that may have been involved in the crime.
The gunmen entered through the four-car garage, and one of the people inside dialed 911 and screamed for help, police said. Some of the residents began to fight with the intruders inside the garage, and then at least one shot was fired.
The gunmen fled into the woods along Bull Run, the creek dividing Fairfax from Prince William County, and escaped. But one man who fought with the assailants fell to the ground in the driveway outside the mansion and died.
In a statement Tuesday, police said they are following up leads and trying to determine whether the attack was random or whether the family or Cardona was targeted.
The statement said detectives are looking for anyone who may have seen an older model, white, Toyota pickup truck near Bay Valley Lane between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Monday. A witness told police he saw someone jump into the bed of a pickup truck and pull a tarp over himself between 10:50 and 10:55 a.m. The truck then fled eastbound on Compton Road toward Union Mill Road.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.
Washington Post editors
May 18, 2010; 12:14 PM ET
Categories: Fairfax , Homicide , Tom Jackman , Updates
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