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San Bernardino businessman found dead; police suspect foul play

April 2, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man was found dead inside his San Bernardino business on Monday morning. Police say he was a victim of foul play.

Authorities responded to a suspicious circumstances call at DC Radio-TV on the 2100 block of North Sierra Way just before 4:30 a.m.

The body of 64-year-old John Joseph Cone was found inside the building, which has a residence attached to the rear of the structure. Police say Cone's body suffered trauma, which indicated a homicide.

"My husband didn't deserve this at all. He would have gave them anything, anything. They didn't have to hurt him," said widow Laurie Cone. Cone said Monday would have been the couple's 29-year wedding anniversary.

Laurie Cone says she was out at a casino Sunday night and didn't come home until around 4:15 a.m. Monday. She says that's when she came across her husband, dead, inside the building.

"The gate was open and then later on the back door and the farther I went in I noticed things missing or things ransacked through, and then I found him on the ground all bloody on his legs and stuff, and I didn't go in any farther," said Cone.

Cone says their cable TV repair shop has been in the family for 40 some years. She also says her husband had a number of guns stored inside the place. Eyewitness News has confirmed that he did have a license to sell them. Cone thinks suspects stole those guns, put them in her husband's truck and took off in it.

San Bernardino Police have confirmed that a white Ford F-150 was stolen, potentially with a number of weapons inside. The truck has California license plate number 7C49039.

"Very nice guy, civic-minded. He would be the first one out at the wreck with a flare," said neighbor Randy Leman. "It's strange. Usually happens down the block, not right across the street."

As for Laurie Cone, she says she has no idea who might be responsible for her husband's death.

"He didn't have enemies. I mean he gave people off the street money, he gave them jobs, he brought them in and gave them food, he let them stay in our property, stuff like that, and he didn't deserve that, he didn't deserve it at all. He was one of the nicest men I ever knew," said Cone.

Police have no suspects. If you have information related to the case, contact the San Bernardino Police Dept. at (909) 384-5656.

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