Fresno Kidnap Investigation: Sheriff Needs Your Help
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) —
The Fresno County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating possible evidence in a kidnapping investigation.
Investigators say 23-year-old Kalvin Cardenas kidnapped a 10-year-old girl shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday in the area of Rialto and Barton as she was walking her bike on her way to school. They say he then drove her to a remote area near Kerman.
The child told deputies Cardenas tied her up, raped her and left her in a field. She freed herself and started looking for help. A couple found her around 3:45 p.m. near Highway 180 and Napa.
Cardenas was arrested at his Clovis home following a three-hour standoff with police Wednesday morning.
Detectives initially said they were looking for the 10-year-old's bicycle, helmet and her backpack which were also taken at the time of her abduction.
On Wednesday, investigators recovered the bicycle after someone contacted the sheriff's office to report he had located it near the intersection of Highway 145 and Belmont, just north of the city of Kerman.
Detectives are still looking for the child's bicycle helmet and backpack. The bicycle helmet is white. The backpack is described as a purple "High Sierra" nylon backpack. (The photo to the left is that of a similar backpack, only green in color).
Detectives say they are also looking for a pink, white and blue-colored blanket that had been on the seat of Cardenas' truck at the time of the kidnap and assault. (The photo to the left is that of the actual blanket).
Anyone with information is urged to call the Fresno County Sheriff's Office at (559) 488-3111.
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