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911 Call Captures Fatal Shot, Voice Of Killer

911 Call Captures Fatal Shot, Voice Of Killer

Washington Post | Associated Press

May 18, 2011

CENTREVILLE, VA – The home invaders who fatally shot a heroic handyman as he defended a Centreville family last year were hiding in the garage of the mansion for about 30 minutes before the victim spotted them, Fairfax County police said Tuesday.

Police think four people were involved in the plot to break into the 9,000-square-foot house of a local business owner, and on Tuesday they released a photo of the late-1970s-model Toyota pickup the suspects used to flee the Compton Road area May 17, 2010.

On the first anniversary of the shooting death of Jose R. Cardona, 39, police also released excerpts from a 911 call made from the home. One or both suspects can be heard ordering the family members and Cardona to get “down” and “Get off me.” Graphic language and frightened screams for mercy can be heard, and in between those is the muffled fatal shot.

Detectives hope that someone recognizes the truck and matches it with the voices on the tape.

But police say they think they already know who their four suspects are.


Standing at an intersection not far from the crime scene, where the victims requested no media presence, homicide Detective Chester Toney said police had identified four “people of interest. My advice to them is to contact us before we contact you. They know who they are. And they know we know who they are.”

Toney would not say how police obtained the photo of the getaway truck, and police do not have the truck. But he said a third person waited in the truck while two men went inside the house. Toney said a fourth person was involved but not present. He said various local agencies as well as the U.S. Marshals Service and the Secret Service have been involved in trying to solve the slaying.

Although police have suspects in mind, “we still have a few pieces of the puzzle that we need to put together,” Toney said.

Cardona worked regularly for the family who lives on the 10-acre lot.

Police think the home may have been targeted because the homeowners run a number of businesses, including a check-cashing store in nearby Manassas that had been robbed a month earlier.


( Courtesy of Fairfax County Police Department / Handout ) - The Toyota pickup truck that was the actual getaway vehicle in the slaying

Cardona was a devout Christian who had two children in Guatemala. He lived in Manassas Park and met with members of a small church there, Mission Evangelica San Juan, four times a week.

Toney said Cardona had run an errand that morning and returned to find two men hiding in the garage. He alerted the family, and a man who lived in the house and his mother went into the garage. Cardona “could’ve chosen not to become involved with the confrontation,” Toney said, but instead he stayed and fought with the two armed men.

“Get away from my brother and my Mom!” Cardona told them. Sources said last year that Cardona wrestled a gun away from one man but that the other man turned his gun on the mother and threatened her if Cardona didn’t give the gun back. Cardona did.

One of the family members said Tuesday that “every single day, we think about Jose, or we think about how our life has changed forever. We’re on permanent heightened alert.” He said the family was in regular contact with Cardona’s family and planned a private memorial for Cardona on Tuesday.


Sketches of the suspects

The gunmen were described as black men between 25 and 40, about 5-foot-10, and wearing dark pants and work shirts.

Anyone with information about them is asked to call Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous.

Listen to the 911 Recording >>

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    about 3 years ago


    RIP sir.. May your killers be caught and burn in hell for eternity. Gave me chills.

  • Car_004_max50


    about 3 years ago


    You never know who a true hero is until their grit is tested and you sir were a true HERO. God Bless Your Soul, RIP

  • Dscn0118_max50


    about 3 years ago


    What a hero. RIP.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    What a hero. Rest in peace, Jose Cardona. May justice be served.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    about 3 years ago


    May justice be served and the guilty punished.

  • C1__67__max50


    about 3 years ago


    Hope justice is served for him and they get the POS real soon.

  • Crumb_passin_thru_02_1__max50


    about 3 years ago


    Let me clarify. My point was that an interesting detail is that this picture was snapped a couple weeks before the crime they are investigating. I wonder if we'll ever find out the history of how they got that picture.

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    about 3 years ago


    Mz66 they say the picture is a year old they just didn't release it until 5/12/11/ I know we keep alot of info tight but releasing this in this manner is only going to confuse people unless its me thinking like a leo

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Hope they get the POS real soon.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    Sounds like they are doing a good job trying to put together an airtight case to ensure the four of them never see daylight again once they slam the door on them.

  • Crumb_passin_thru_02_1__max50


    about 3 years ago


    Terrible situation.
    Interesting details: the official handout photo on FCPD still has the EXIF data. Going on the EXIF data the picture was edited in PhotoShop 1 week ago (5/12) presumably to blur out the license plate (maybe just to avoid releasing a distracting irrelevant detail?). The picture itself was shot TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE CRIME.

    I reiterate, terrible situation--fascinating details. I hope they catch these guys.

  • Facebook_-2145634490_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Ok let me get this straight is been a year they say they know who they and where they are but yet they are still asking for help with the voices on the 911 tape they have the photo of the actual p/u so there was someone there or some sort of hidden camera that why aren't they in jail

  • Tigerstripe_002_max50


    about 3 years ago


    A whole year later????

  • Ralphie_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Hope justice is served for him...RIP

  • In_remembrance_of_oakland_pd_max50_max50_max50_max50_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Prayers for Mr. Cardona, you were a stand up guy and will be remembered. I hope that these dirtbags are caught quickly and brought to harsh justice.

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