LASD HelicopterOn September 18, 2013, at 1:10 pm, Lakewood Station received a cell phone call from a female. Screaming was heard, and a female was yelling at a male, asking why he was pointing a gun at her. Lakewood Station deputies, along with a LASD Helicopter, responded to the area of Virginia Avenue and Cedar Street, based on cellphone tower information. 911 operators could hear struggling over the phone line and the female begging not to be killed. Unbeknownst to the responding deputies, Suspect Cardenas and the victim were inside of a house in the 17600 block of Virginia Avenue.

Suspect Cardenas fired several shots at the helicopter with a handgun from the home, and the victim was able to run out to responding deputies. The location was contained and Suspect Cardenas fired a second volley at the helicopter. Contact was made with Suspect Cardenas by phone and he agreed to surrender. He threw his handgun out the back window and then exited the location. He surrendered to a waiting arrest team and was taken into custody without incident. The helicopter was checked, and it was determined it was not hit by the gunfire.

Suspect Cardenas is being held at Lakewood Station Jail for numerous felony charges including, Assault with a Firearm on a Peace Officer. His Bail is set at $100,000.00. The victim in this case escaped with minor injuries. No one else was injured.

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Lt. Dan Beringer

Captain Merrill Ladenheim
Lakewood Sheriff’s Station