On Sunday, June 12, 2022 at 9:49 a.m., Beaumont Police responded to Parkdale Mall (6155 Eastex) in reference to a Weapons Offense. A witness called police stating that a man was threatening a woman and her two children with a knife and forcing them to leave the mall with him. BPD Officers arrived on scene within 2 minutes of the call and located the suspect and the victims in the parking lot and took the suspect into custody. The suspect was identified as Robert Cardinale, a 65 year old Beaumont resident. The victims did not know Cardinale and had never seen him before the incident.
The Beaumont Police Department would like to thank the vigilant citizen who called police and helped save the victims. Additional witnesses were present at the food court during the incident and Detectives are asking anyone with information to call Detective Sgt. Borrero at 409-832-7190. The suspect was transported to the Jefferson County Jail and charged with Aggravated Kidnapping. The investigation is on-going.