Cadena found guilty on five of six counts in kidnapping case
WILLMAR -- A Kandiyohi County jury has found a 24-year-old Willmar man guilty of five of six felony charges stemming from a May 21 incident that involved kidnapping a teenager and stealing his car from the McDonald's parking lot.
Ricardo Cadena was found guilty of aiding and abetting kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated robbery, simple robbery and motor vehicle theft in a trial that began Thursday before Judge Michael J. Thompson in Kandiyohi County District Court. He was acquitted of one charge, second-degree riot with a dangerous weapon. Cadena will be sentenced Sept. 2.
Cadena and Danny Duron Jr., 17, of Willmar, were each charged with six counts after the May incident. Duron has pleaded not guilty to five felony charges and one gross misdemeanor. His next court date is Aug. 31.
The case also involved two other juvenile boys; however, their cases are not part of the public record. Cases involving felony charges against 16- or 17-year-olds are public.
The charges in the cases were filed after multiple Willmar police officers were called around 11:20 p.m. May 21 to a fight in progress at the Willmar McDonald's parking lot. Officers were advised that a person involved had a handgun and the suspects were leaving the location.
Officers stopped a vehicle along First Street and Trott Avenue and identified Duron, Cadena, a 15-year-old and the victim, who was a passenger. A handgun, determined to be a carbon-dioxide-powered pistol, was found under the front passenger seat. Witnesses told police the incident stemmed from the allegation that the victim had started their sister's hair on fire.