Loredo Man Accused of Beating Woman Faces Federal Carjacking Charges

Austin York
November 13, 2019 - 3:40 pm
David Cadena

Credit: Dallas County Jail

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DALLAS (KRLD) - A Laredo man accused of severely beating a woman with a fire extinguisher in the Statler hotel parking garage now faces federal charges of carjacking.

Joanna King, 27, was attacked by David Cadena, 25, in September.

Police say Cadena grabbed King out of her car, then used a fire extinguisher to beat her into a coma.

Cadena was arrested after he crashed King’s car inside the garage.

King suffered serious injuries, spent two days in a coma, and four days in the intensive care unit.

Cadena was charged with aggravated robbery. But despite a previous conviction for aggravated assault, Cadena bonded out of the Dallas County Jail at $20,000.

Now Cadena has been charged via federal criminal complaint with carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury.

Former federal prosecutor Richard Roper says this will keep Cadena behind bars.

"There is not ability from the state to obtain an order prohibiting the defendant from being released pending trial. Federal prosecutors can do that," Roper says.

If convicted, he faces a sentence of up to 25 years in federal prison.