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Man killed in mansion attack ID'd; Police look for white pickup

Washington Post editors

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 or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

-- Tom Jackman

By Washington Post editors  |  May 18, 2010; 12:14 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Homicide , Tom Jackman , Updates  
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The info about the white pick up truck would have been a lot more useful yesterday...

Posted by: steampunk | May 18, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Nice looking house. Shame about the guy who was murdered.

This is why its important to be armed in your house.

Posted by: yetanotherpassword | May 18, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Be armed if you want, as a matter of right. But not because it's about safety. You're more likely to be struck by lightning. And every day a gun is in your house, you are in more danger from accidents, domestic violence or suicide attempts because you have a gun.

Posted by: krickey7 | May 18, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Condolences to Cardona's family. Just another senseless killing.

Posted by: harbirsingh | May 18, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

To the post -- please post any information regarding how to donate to Mr. Jose Ramiro Rosales Cardona's family when it becomes available.

Posted by: slydell | May 18, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Why tell us the color of the truck WHITE but not the intruders??? Could it be becasue they are WHITE also??? When there is a crime commited by a black person that is the first thing you see. Black man murders so and so.....

Posted by: TRoberts12 | May 18, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

In this day of technology people are still willing to risk everything to attempt to rob and kill people as if there is no chance of being caught. This is a sign of desperation. Desperate people do desperate things. This type of criminal is the most dangerous of all. No fear of invading someone's home all for the promise of money. Once one crosses that line there is no comng back. These home invaders need to be identified and captured and most importantly incarcerated for life. No one is safe with predators like this on the loose.

Posted by: | May 18, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

$20 says this guy was an illegal who "just came here to work" and "find the American Dream" who found the American Nightmare.

Wanna bet the guys who killed him were illegals, too?

Posted by: dubya1938 | May 19, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

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