With tears trickling down his face from inside the Norfolk jail, Dashon Iraldo told NewsChannel 3 he is not the man who murdered Henry McIntosh, a beloved neighborhood barber who was gunned down in the Church Street shop he owned for 50 years.
“I didn’t do it,” said Iraldo. “Please man, if you know you killed this man, please man confess! Do not let me go down for something I didn’t do. I’m begging.”
In 2010, McIntosh’s son told NewsChannel 3 how his father often opened his barber shop door to anyone who knocked. On April 17, 2010, someone he let in robbed the store then shot and killed McIntosh.
After two years, Norfolk police believe they have found their man. They arrested Iraldo Tuesday on an unrelated charge. Cops say they found a gun in his possession. After they questioned Iraldo, they charged him with McIntosh’s murder; however, Iraldo says he was nowhere near the barber shop the night of the murder.
“If you showed me a picture of that man, I couldn’t tell you who he was,” said Iraldo. “I promise you, I never was around this scene or anything that’s going on with this.”
Norfolk court records show Iraldo was found guilty of robbery ten years ago, but he says he could never murder someone.
“I am not responsible for the murder of your family member,” said Iraldo, addressing the McIntosh family. “I promise!”
Iraldo is on suicide watch at the jail. He has another court date on July 26, 2012.
The McIntosh family was not available for comment.