On April 9, 2019 officers of the Las Cruces Police Department arrested Adam Cardenas Jr., 23, and charged him with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — a fourth-degree felony.
Investigators learned that a woman had been traveling east on Lohman Avenue about 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 9, when her car was nearly struck by an SUV that drifted into her lane. The woman told police she sounded her vehicle’s horn to avoid a crash. In response, the SUV slowed down until it was next to her vehicle, at which point the passenger of the SUV leaned out of his window and pointed a handgun at the woman. Classy.
A Las Cruces police officer spotted a vehicle partially matching the description provided by the woman, and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near Spruce Avenue and Wingate Court. The passenger was identified as Cardenas.
Cardenas quickly denied being in possession of any weapons, but officers didn’t take his word for it and (surprise!) Cardenas changed his mind once a pat down was underway, revealing that he was carrying a 9mm handgun in his waistband. The gun had a round in the chamber and a loaded magazine was recovered from the passenger-side of the Tahoe.
Cardenas was arrested and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center. No charges were filed against the driver of the SUV.
Correction: The video description initially stated that Cardenas has denied being in possession of a firearm. That was inaccurate, and the description has been updated.
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