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Fredericksburg Police release sketch of possible homicide suspect
BY PORTSIA SMITH
The Fredericksburg Police Department yesterday released a composite drawing of a possible suspect in the homicide of Armando Escobar.
She said it is believed that he usually wears a baseball cap and speaks limited English.
Bledsoe said anyone with information about this case may be eligible for a cash reward if their help leads to an arrest and conviction.
Escobar, 43, was found dead on the morning of July 25 in a homeless camp known in the Hispanic community as “La Montaña.” The camp is about a three-minute walk from the end of Roffman Road behind the Central Park Townhomes in Fredericksburg. (“Montaña” is Spanish for “mountain.”)
Police have not released his cause of death.
Escobar was known to live in and around the Bragg Hill area since 2008, Bledsoe said. Police do not know how long he had been homeless, but a neighbor said he believes the man had lived in the woods behind the townhomes for more than a year.
Bledsoe said he was well-known and well-liked in the neighborhood, particularly in the Hispanic community.
Escobar had a wife and two children who live in El Salvador. He also had two brothers. One of them lives in Spotsylvania County, Bledsoe said.
He was a laborer and did odd jobs, such as taking out trash and mopping the floors at a local store, to get by, Bledsoe said.
She said the homeless people in that particular community are very self-sufficient and wouldn’t necessarily reach out to homeless centers for help.
Bledsoe also said police were familiar with Escobar, who had several arrests for nonviolent crimes such as shoplifting and being drunk in public.
Bledsoe said anyone with information about this case should contact Detective Patrick Lamb at 540/654- 5740.
She said Detective Lamb, who is fluent in Spanish, is concerned only with solving this homicide. The residency status of any individuals who wish to provide information is irrelevant and will not be questioned, she said.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419