A Metrobus driver was arrested Wednesday in connection with the 2010 fatal shooting of a Centreville handyman who was killed as he tried to protect the family he worked for during a robbery, authorities said.
The driver, Stacy Lorenzo Reed, is the third man to be face criminal charges in the slaying of Jose Cardona, who was killed as two men attempted to rob the Centreville home where he worked. Mr. Reed, 43, of Manassas, was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He is expected to have a court appearance there Wednesday afternoon.
According to court documents filed in Mr. Reed’s case, he was identified early on as a person of interest in the case. One of the other men involved in the robbery attempt told authorities that Mr. Reed drove the two men to the Centreville home.
The Centreville residence also served as an office for the homeowner’s check cashing businesses. One of the business’ nine locations was robbed a month before the May 17, 2010 robbery attempt at the home.
While at the home, armed robbers Reynard Prather and Tasheik Ashanti Champean ended up confronting Cardona and one of the men shot and killed the Guatemalan handyman.
Prather, of Oxon Hill, was arrested last year and sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and use of a handgun in a crime causing death. Champean pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit armed robbery and murder. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced March 1.
A Metro spokesman said Mr. Reed had only worked with Metro since August, but has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the case.
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Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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