OKEECHOBEE — After reportedly throwing a beer can at a vehicle, a local man claimed he was almost run over by the driver of the car. On Oct. 24, the complainant told Okeechobee City Police Officer Brandon Adkins that he left his home at approximately 10:30 p.m. to go to the Speckled Perch for dinner. As he was walking, he said he was almost struck by a white Suburban. He said he threw a beer can at the vehicle and it hit the windshield. He then went on to his dinner, but when he left the steakhouse, he saw the same vehicle at the Shell gas station and walked up to the car. When he approached the window, the driver said, “What’s up?” and attempted to exit the vehicle. The complainant said he held the door closed so the driver, later identified as 28-year-old Brandon Cardenas, could not get out. Cardenas then reportedly grabbed a beer bottle from inside the vehicle and threw it at the complainant which gave him a chance to get out of the car. The two men had a physical altercation, and then the complainant left the station and began walking eastbound on Northwest Second Street. He said the next thing he knew, Cardenas was speeding toward him, and he had to jump in a ditch to avoid the car.
While Officer Adkins was speaking to the complainant, they noticed a white Suburban traveling southbound on Northwest Ninth avenue. Officer Adkins was able to stop the vehicle and speak with Cardenas. He asked him why there was blood on the hood and passenger door of his vehicle, and Cardenas reportedly said it had already been there, and he denied an altercation with the complainant. Later, the report notes, he said, “I had a crack head throw a beer can at my windshield while I was driving.”
Cardenas was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with intent to commit a felony. Bond was set at $2,500.