Brownsville police: Man tried to take officer’s gun

The Brownsville Police Department arrested a 19-year-old man Monday and accuse him of attempting to take a police officer’s weapon.

Police Spokeswoman Melissa Gonzalez said officers investigating a robbery and burglary late Monday morning tried to arrest Miguel Angel Cardenas believing he was involved in the incidents when a scuffle broke out and Cardenas attempted to grab an officer’s weapon.

“Other citizens actually tried to help the officer detain the suspect and apparently in that scuffle, the suspect, he tried to take the officer’s duty weapon,” Gonzalez said. “And there are witnesses that saw that.”

Gonzalez said before encountering Cardenas, police responded to a robbery call at 10:50 a.m. on the 1000 block of East Jefferson after a woman told them a man trying to sell her assorted jewelry knocked her to the ground and stole her laptop computer and other electronics.

While authorities are taking down the woman’s information and detaining Cardenas, who they spotted in the area while investigating, police receive a call from the 900 block of East 10th Street for a burglary of a habitation, Gonzalez said.

“So now they are reporting a burglary of a habitation on E. 10th while the officer is off with the suspect and the victim is noticing that her house was broken into and there was property taken without her consent and apparently when the officers continued investigating and interviewing people in the area, some people advised they noticed a suspicious subject in the area and a photo was taken of that subject and that subject was identified as Cardenas,” Gonzalez said. “So it’s kind of a lot of incidents in one.”

Cardenas is charged with attempting to take a weapon from a peace officer, robbery, burglary of a habitation, assault of a peace officer, assault and resisting arrest. He received $59,000 in bonds for the charges, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether he bailed out of jail.

“Anytime that people see something suspicious, don’t hesitate to report it to the police and we’ll go out there and investigate,” Gonzalez said.