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Police arrest suspect in Pulaski County “suspicious death”

Published: Apr. 22, 2021 at 2:09 PM EDT
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PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE 4/23/2021 3:00 p.m. Deputies with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office say the man wanted in connection with a suspicious death has been taken into custody. The sheriff’s office announced Thursday they were looking for Cory Steven Mangekian, 26. He has been charged with First Degree Murder in the death of Sandra Lee Mangekian, whom deputies confirmed is his mother. He is also being charged with felony unauthorized use, felony breaking and entering, felony grand larceny. He is currently being held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail.

In a press release Friday afternoon, deputies say the Radford Police Department took Mangekian into custody at the Food Lion on Tyler Avenue in Radford around 12:30 p.m., noting that he was located with the help of tips from people in the area. Deputies say he was found after traveling to Georgia and back.

“The success of our agency is dependent on the relationship we have with our community, and today, that relationship speaks volumes as we work towards closure for a victim many of you never met,” said Sheriff Mike Worrell in Friday’s press release.

The agency also thanked the Radford City Police Department for their quick response when Mangekian was located in their jurisdiction. They also praised the Virginia State Police Special Crimes Division, the United States Marshalls’ Service, which verified that the stolen vehicle was in Georgia after the crime was committed, and thanked their own Criminal Investigation Division.

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Thursday April 22: The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help locating a person of interest in a suspicious death that occurred Wednesday in the Fairlawn area.

The sheriff’s office responded to 6711 Oxford Avenue around 3:30 p.m. in reference to a possible deceased person inside the home. Officers found a woman inside the home with a “suspicious cause of death.” The victim was identified as 60-year-old Sandra Lee Mangekian.

Law enforcement discovered the victim’s vehicle was missing from the home, along with a firearm and ammunition. The vehicle was located at another home in the Fairlawn area, which had been broken into, and a silver 2013 Infinity SUV FX3 model with Virginia registration WTA1304 was taken.

The sheriff’s office is asking for help locating 26-year-old Cory Steven Mangekian. Cory is described as a white man, 5-foot-3-inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes. The sheriff’s office also believes he has a tattoo on his right forearm.

The office said he was last known to list himself as homeless while in Texas, but has also lived in Florida and New Hampshire. He is believed to have left the area in the Infinity with an unknown destination. Law enforcement is considering him armed and dangerous. He is currently wanted for felony unauthorized use, felony breaking and entering and felony grand larceny, with additional charges possible in the future.

If you know Cory or his whereabouts, contact your local law enforcement.

Search warrants for the case have been sealed in circuit court.

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