Beaumont man indicted after Parkdale Mall kidnapping

Published 12:28 am Sunday, July 31, 2022

A 64-year-old man accused of kidnaping a woman and her two young sons at knifepoint at Parkdale Mall was indicted this week.

On June 10, Robert Anthony Cardinale reportedly wielded a large folding knife at the victims and, through words and gestures, told them to go with him from the food court into the parking lot.

Once outside he was arrested.

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Police reportedly found a folding knife with a wood handle in his left front pants pocket. A man witnessed the incident and spoke with police.

The woman, 34, and her sons, a 7-year-old and 9-month-old, were not harmed.

Cardinale was brought to a hospital to be medically cleared before being brought the jail, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Bond for aggravated kidnapping was set at $500,000. In addition he has a parole violation with no bond.