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2 arrested, Pakistani national wanted in Chesterfield car dealer’s murder-for-hire

Posted at 11:39 AM, Mar 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-06 19:07:06-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- Two people have been arrested the search is on for a third suspect in what police now call the murder-for-hire of a Chesterfield car dealer.

Chesterfield police said Friday morning that 24-year-old Melvin Leonel Sandoval Vasquez and 25-year-old Narciso De Jesus Lemus Mendoza were arrested and charged with conspiring to willfully, deliberately, and with premeditation kill and murder Adel Elmadany, with the killing being for hire.

Vasquez was arrested in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 12. Mendoza was arrested in Manassas on Feb. 27. Both are being held at the Chesterfield County Jail without bond.

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Watch CBS 6 News starting at 5 p.m. for additional details on this developing story. 

Additionally, police are searching for 56-year-old Arshad Mahmood, a Pakistani national who is considered armed and dangerous. He also faces similar charges.

Mahmood's last known residence was in Prince William County. He is described as being 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing about 148 pounds with brown eyes and gray hair.

"Mahmood is considered armed and dangerous. As with any fugitive from justice, police ask anyone who sights Mahmood not to approach him, but to contact local law enforcement immediately," Chesterfield police said in a news release.

Adel M. Elmadany, of the 7500 block of Ander Court, was found dead inside Three Amigos Auto Sales at 108 Turner Road on Jan. 24.

The victim's wife told CBS 6 reporter Jon Burkett previously that she found her 60-year-old husband dead inside the Turner Road business.

Elmadany's murder baffles those who knew him best.

Adel M. Elmadany

Adel M. Elmadany

"He was a really outgoing ‘people’ person,” said Imam Amar Amonette, of the Islamic Center of Virginia.  “He had a big personality and liked to help people and they would often go to him."

Elmadany owned the used car dealership for about 15 years. Amonette says he last saw Elmadany at prayer on Friday night.

"Every life has meaning and purpose and every life lost is tragic," said Amonette.

If you have information that could help police, call Crimesolvers at 804-748-0660. Citizens can also text "WATSON" plus your message, sending it to the number 274637.

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