A second man involved in the 2010 Centreville murder of handyman Jose Cardona has been sentenced, and a third awaits trial in early June.
Tasheik Ashanti Champean, 46, of Suitland, Md., was sentenced April 12 to 30 years in prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release, for his role in the botched 2010 Centreville robbery that resulted in the death of Cardona. Champean pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to commit a Hobbs Act robbery — the federal Hobbs Act prohibits actual or attempted robbery or extortion affecting interstate commerce — and to using a firearm during a crime of violence causing death.
Another Maryland man, Reynard Lazaro Prather, 23, of Oxon Hill, also pleaded guilty to those charges last year and was sentenced on June 1 to 30 years in prison for his role in the attempted robbery that led to Cardona’s death.
According to court records, Champean conspired with Prather and another man to rob Davinder S. Brar, the president of a company owning nine check-cashing stores.
Court records state that Brar’s residence in the 14200 block of Compton Road in Centreville was where the three men believed Brar kept proceeds from at least one of the check-cashing facilities.
Cardona, 39, of Manassas Park, worked as a gardener and handyman for the Brar family’s 9,000-square-foot home situated on a 10-acre lot. He was married with two children.
According to court records, on May 17, 2010, Champean and Prather drove from Maryland to a shopping center in Virginia, where a third co-conspirator picked them up and dropped them off at Brar’s residence.
Champean and Prather — both armed with semi-automatic pistols — then entered Brar’s garage to await his arrival. At a news conference on the one-year anniversary of the shooting, Fairfax County Police Detective Chester Toney said that while working at Brar’s home, Cordona, along with Brar’s son, discovered the two men hiding in Brar’s garage and confronted them. The four men struggled, and Cordona was fatally shot in the head.
According to a sworn affidavit filed in U.S. District Court by Fairfax County Police Detective Stephen M. Needels, both Champean and Prather named former Metro Bus driver Stacy Reed, 49, of Manassas as the man who had the “inside information” about Brar’s business dealings and who knew the location of Brar’s home. Also according to the affidavit, both Champean and Prather said Reed was the one who drove the two men to Brar’s home.
Reed was arrested by U.S. Marshals while driving his Metro Bus route in December 2012. He was charged with conspiring to commit a Hobbs Act robbery. At the time of his arrest, Metro released a statement saying Reed had been a Metro employee since Aug. 19, 2012, and that he had been relieved of his duties following his arrest.
According to court records, Reed is currently scheduled for a jury trial in federal district court on June 12.
Reed’s attorney, Marvin David Miller, declined to comment on the case, saying only that “Stacy Reed is a strong and loyal family man.”