Metrobus Driver Arrested in Connection With Fairfax Co. Murder - NBC4 Washington

Metrobus Driver Arrested in Connection With Fairfax Co. Murder

Metro bus driver was arrested on Pentagon property Wednesday morning in connection with a Fairfax County homicide.



    Authorities arrested a Metrobus driver outside the Pentagon Tuesday morning and charged him with robbery in connection to a Fairfax County home invasion from 2010. News4's Darcy Spencer reports. (Sketches by Bill Hennessy.) (Published Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012)

    A Metrobus driver was arrested while on his route Wednesday morning in connection with the 2010 murder of Jose Cardona in Centreville, Va.

    Stacy Lorenzo Reed, 43, of Manassas, Va., taken into custody by U.S. marshals at the Pentagon bus area around 7:45 a.m. on an outstanding federal warrant.

    According to court documents, on May 17, 2010, Reed drove two men to the home of the owner of several check-cashing businesses, which the two men intended to rob.

    Those two men -- Tasheik A. Champean and Reynard L. Prather -- got into an altercation with the owner's son and the family's handyman, Jose Cardona. Cardona was shot and killed.

    Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department

    Reed is accused of conspiring to commit a Hobbs Act Robbery: conspiracy to obstruct, delay and affect commerce and the movement of any article and commodity in commerce by robbery.

    He has been a Metro employee since Aug. 19, 2012, Metro said in a statement Wednesday morning.

    "Mr. Reed has been relieved of duty. As this is an active investigation, we refer all further questions to the U.S. Marshal Service," Metro said.

    Champean pleaded guilty Monday to charges stemming from the killing. He could face life in prison.

    Prather pleaded guilty earlier this year and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. He is the one who told authorities that Reed drove them to the scene, according to court documents. Prather also told authories that he and Champean were driven away after the killing by a fourth man who used a vehicle registered to Reed.

    Authorities also believe Reed helped plan the crime.

    Reed appeared briefly before U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Buchanan on Wednesday afternon at the federal courthouse in Alexandria. The hearing was continued to Monday at 2 p.m.

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