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Police hope recording helps catch Manassas man's killers

Tuesday - 5/17/2011, 3:15pm  ET

Police believe Cardona's killers used this truck to flee the murder scene. (Courtesy Fairfax County Police)

911 call captures shot that killed Manassas man

Fairfax County Police are hoping this clip will help lead them to those responsible for the death of Jose Ramiro Rosales Cardona.


WASHINGTON - Fairfax County Police are hoping a picture and a recording will help catch two men they say murdered a 39-year-old Manassas man at his employer's home a year ago Tuesday.

Jose Ramiro Rosales Cardona, a handyman and married father of two, was working for a family on Compton Road in Centreville when two men broke into the garage area of the home in the middle of the morning.

There was a fight involving the men, Cardona and the home's residents, and Cardona was shot in the chest. The two intruders fled, and the case remains unsolved.

Fairfax County Police have now released a 20-second segment of a 911 call they say contains the voice of a murderer. The recording also contains expletives and the shot that killed Cardona. (Ed. Note: The recording is graphic. An excerpt can be heard to the right.)

Detective Chester Toney says there are four people of interest in the case, and police have some idea of who they are. Police also have released a picture of a white pickup truck they think the suspects used to flee the scene.

"The people that know these parties will look at that truck and say, 'We know that truck belongs to this person, we know that these people are friends of that person,'" Toney says.

The suspects initially were described as black, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, between 20 and 30 years old and wearing dark clothing. One of the men was light-skinned with a beard and mustache, while the other was darker and had a thin goatee.

Anyone with information about the incident can call Crime Solvers at (866) 411-TIPS, email them here or text "TIP187" plus a message to CRIMES/274637. Those with information can also call police at (703) 691-2131.

WTOP's Hank Silverberg contributed to this report. Follow Hank and WTOP on Twitter.

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