Peru, IN – Peru Police Officers responding to a report of a fight in progress at Arrowhead Estates, arrested a nineteen-year-old on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at approximately 2:45 a.m. Abraham Cardenas faces charges of Battery on Public Safety Officer, a level 6 felony, Resisting Law Enforcement, a class A misdemeanor, Public Intoxication, a class B misdemeanor and Minor Consumption of Alcohol, a class C misdemeanor.
According to his probable cause affidavit, PPD Officer Keith Smith was the first officer to arrive on scene followed immediately by PPD Sergeant Vinapal.
Upon approaching the scene, Officer Smith observed one male enter a black SUV and a shirtless male standing outside the vehicle throwing his arms up in the air in a provocative manner as if to encourage the male in the vehicle to fight him.
Officer Smith walked around the front of his vehicle in an attempt to get the license plate of the SUV for Central Dispatch. As he was doing so, the shirtless male, later identified as nineteen-year-old Abraham Cardenas, of Peru ran towards him with his arms still up.
Mr. Cardenas yelled something unintelligible and then quickly and forcefully shoved Officer Smith in the chest with his right arm.
Officer Smith stepped back from Cardenas and told him to “stay off me”, as Cardenas again lunged at Officer Smith. At this point, Officer Smith was able to push Mr. Cardenas back and he staggered and fell to the ground.
Officer Smith then ordered Mr. Cardenas to roll over onto his stomach but he refused to do so, and instead was cursing at Officer Smith. He also tried to tuck his arms under his chest and did not comply when ordered to place his hand behind his back.
Despite his resistance, Officer Smith was able to place Mr. Cardenas into handcuffs.
After being helped to his feet, Mr. Cardenas continued to be aggressive and attempted to pull away from Officer Smith. He also was swinging his head forward at Officer Smith as if he was attempting to headbutt him.
Officer Smith also noticed the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Mr. Cardenas. While attempting to search him, Cardenas was unable to maintain balance even while leaning against the police vehicle during the search of his person.
When being placed into the Police vehicle, Cardenas refused to cooperate by placing his feet inside the vehicle so that Officer Smith could shut the door.
While Officers were attempting to talk with other people at the scene, Cardenas began striking the back-passenger door glass of the police vehicle. Upon returning to the vehicle, Officer Smith observed that Cardenas had slipped his handcuffs and arms to the front of his body and was forcefully striking the window with the handcuffs.
At this point, Officer Brindle and Officer Smith placed Cardenas in leg shackles and secured his handcuffs to the leg shackles to restrict his arm movements.
Cardenas continued to resist by slamming his head against the vehicle partition between the front and back seat of the police vehicle. At some point during this behavior, Mr. Cardenas cut his forehead on the partition.
Officer Smith had to remain with Mr. Cardenas while other officers investigated the incident to keep him from injuring himself further. During this time, Mr. Cardenas continued to curse at Officer Smith and told him to remove the handcuffs.
Officer Smith noted that Cardenas’ eyes were glossy and very red with his eyelids drooping. When asked how old he was, Cardenas replied that he was nineteen years old. Officer Smith then obtained a portable breath test. Mr. Cardenas provided a sample of .222% BrAC.
After the investigation was complete and officers learned that nothing physical had occurred between Cardenas and the other subjects, Cardenas was transported to the Miami County Jail.
While en-route to the jail, Mr. Cardenas continued to curse and slam his head at the partition. Upon arrival at the jail, he was carried into a cell by jail staff where he continued to act in a belligerent manner, cursing and yelling at jail staff.
Abraham Cardenas, 19, of Peru, faces charges of Battery on Public Safety Officer, a level 6 felony, Resisting Law Enforcement, a class A misdemeanor, Public Intoxication, a class B misdemeanor and Minor Consumption of Alcohol, a class C misdemeanor.
All criminal suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.