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Updated: Metrobus driver arrested from bus in murder case

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Updated, 12:55 p.m.: A Metrobus driver was arrested in connection with a federal investigation to a killing in Fairfax County.

Stacy Lorenzo Reed was charged with being involved in a botched robbery of the owner of a check cashing business that resulted in the death of an employee.

According to charging documents filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, two gunman entered the Centreville residence of the owner of the check cashing business in May 17, 2010, and a struggle ensued.

One of the men shot and killed Jose Cardona, the family's handyman. The gunman fled in a pickup truck.

One of the men, Reynard Prather, 22, pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy affecting commerce by robbery, and using a firearm in a conspiracy that caused a death. He was sentenced to 30 years.

The other man, Tasheik Champean, 45, pleaded guilty last week to the conspiracy.

Reed is accused of being the getaway driver.

On Wednesday morning, Reed was arrested by U.S. Marshals after driving a bus on the 9E Pentagon-Huntington line up to a stop at the Pentagon, authorities said.

A law enforcement source said the arrest happened quietly without incident. A second bus operator was dispatched to take over Reed's route, according to Metro, but it was not immediately clear what kinds of delays riders using that bus faced.

Reed has been a Metro employee since August 19, 2012, said spokeswoman Caroline Lukas. Reed has been relieved of duty.

Metro operators have been caught up in crime investigations before often in connection to their work, such as one who punched a cop dressed as McGruff the Crime dog while on a bus route, a driver convicted of manslaughter in a deadly Metrobus crash, an operator who solicited an undercover cop for prostitution, and MetroAccess drivers charged with sexually assaulting disabled riders. One Metrobus driver was killed by an off-duty cop in 2009 during a botched robbery attempt.

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A Metrobus operator was arrested while driving his bus, in connection with a murder investigation.

The driver was arrested by U.S. Marshals, according to Metro spokeswoman Caroline Lukas.

The operator was stopped Wednesday morning near the Pentagon in connection with a murder case stemming from Fairfax County, according to WTOP, which first reported the news.

It was not clear what happened to the bus -- or any riders taking it. Metro did not respond to such questions immediately.

Metro operators have been caught up in crime investigations before often in connection to their work, such as one who punched a cop dressed as McGruff the Crime dog while on a bus route, a driver convicted of manslaughter in a deadly Metrobus crash, an operator who solicited an undercover cop for prostitution, and MetroAccess drivers charged with sexually assaulting disabled riders. One Metrobus driver was killed by an off-duty cop in 2009 during a botched robbery attempt.

kweir@washingtonexaminer.com

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