Witness, Woman and 6 Month Old Child Apparently battered by Post Release Offender in Ventura
Ventura Police Department – Incident Press Release
On March 18th at 5:25 PM, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received several 911 calls of two males in a physical fight on the corner of Telephone Rd. and Portola Rd. Officers arrived on scene and contacted a 63-year-old male victim of a felony battery. The suspect, later identified as 34 year old Ventura resident, Enrique Cardona, fled the scene in a vehicle before officers arrived.
During the investigation, officers learned the victim was walking past a residence in the 1100 block of Portola Rd., when he witnessed Cardona involved in a physical domestic with a female, who was holding a small child. Both were outside of the residence. Cardona followed the victim to the corner of Portola Rd. and Telephone Rd., and confronted him about being a witness to the physical domestic. Cardona then battered the victim, causing him to lose consciousness and sustain other moderate injuries to his face.
After he battered the male victim, Cardona and the female were seen leaving with the child in a vehicle. Officers checked the area, but could not locate them.
At approximately 8 PM, the female victim from the earlier domestic incident involving Cardona arrived at Ventura County Medical Center for treatment of injuries she sustained during that altercation. It was also found the 6-month-old child she had with her at the time was suffering from serious, potential life threatening injuries. It was not known how the child sustained the injuries. The child was immediately transported to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles for treatment. The current status of the child is not known.
Today March 19th at approximately 9 AM, the vehicle Cardona was last seen driving during the previous day’s incident was located in the 100 block of W. Harrison St. Officers remained in the area and took custody of Cardona without incident as he was attempting to leave in the vehicle.
Cardona was later booked into the Ventura County Jail for battery with serious bodily injury, witness intimidation, felony domestic violence, and for being a post release offender.
Detectives are continuing the child abuse investigation. Child and Family Services is also assisting in the investigation.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Major Crimes Detectives at 339-4488.