Mugshot offers first look at East Village businessman’s suspected killer

A Virginia Sheriff’s office released this booking photo dating back at least a decade to a previous arrest of Kevin Cartwright. Cartwright is suspected of murdering an East Village businessman. (Photo: Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)

SAN DIEGO — A mugshot released by officials in Virginia has offered the first look at a man suspected of disguising himself with a Halloween-style “old lady” mask and murdering the 49-year-old Ghedeer “Tony” Radda inside his East Village flooring business.

Kevin Eugene Cartwright, 51, is accused of killing the El Cajon father of two at Bottom Price Flooring on G Street on Oct. 10.

The booking photo, released by the sheriff’s office in Norfolk, Virginia, dates back to charges from at least a decade ago.

According to public records, Cartwright has a criminal history dating back more than two decades. In March 1989, an LA Times article referred to Cartwright as the “wishing-well bandit” after he admitted to robbing and beating several elderly men near a National City water well.

At an arraignment Friday, Cartwright pleaded not guilty to the slaying, which the judge called a “calculated, violent ambush” in the back of the store. He is being held at San Diego Central Jail on $5 million bail.

Investigators are still searching for a potential accomplice in the murder, seen entering the store on surveillance video wearing a purple wig.

Police believe these two disguised people entered an East Village business and killed the owner.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.  Anyone with information on the identity and or location of the female suspect is asked to call the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.

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