Man charged in Fred Baca Park incident still wanted on warrant

Requildo E. Cardenas is wanted on a bench warrant in a 2017 case charging him with assaulting three law enforcement officers using a vehicle in Fred Baca Park. John Miller

A man charged in a 2017 aggravated assault upon a peace officer case remains wanted on a bench warrant, creating another delay in bringing his case to a trial.

Requildo Cardenas was originally arrested at Fred Baca Park in Taos in August 2017. The case alleges he attempted to use a vehicle to run down three law enforcement officers who were trying to arrest him on another warrant from a prior case. When Cardenas attempted to drive away, one of the officers fired through the vehicle’s windshield, missing Cardenas and striking a female passenger in the abdomen. She eventually recovered from her wound and Cardenas surrendered.

Cardenas was eventually released pending a trial, which was most recently scheduled for Feb. 17. He was arrested on a prior bench warrant in January, according to court records, but he was again released.

“What will happen is he will eventually be served with the warrant, taken into custody, and remain in custody until the court alters the provisions of the warrant as it relates to custody, which the court has the discretion to do,” said Ron Olsen, deputy district attorney with the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

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