Riverdale man allegedly threatens to kill family with 'Rambo' knife

The Fresno BeeJuly 7, 2014 

Javier Cabrera


A Riverdale man was arrested early Monday morning for allegedly threatening to kill family members with what the Fresno County Sheriff's Office is calling a "Rambo" knife.

Deputies were called to a home in Henson Avenue in the unincorporated community just after midnight. Family members of 23-year-old Javier Cabrera were waiting outside while Cabrera remained in the house. Cabrera was high on methamphetamine and on felony probation for assault with a deadly weapon, said sheriff's spokesman Deputy Chris Curtice.

Curtice described what happened next: Deputies set up a perimeter and called for Cabrera to come outside. After several minutes, Cabrera came out unarmed and complied with deputies. Then he changed his mind, standing up and refusing to comply after a few minutes. Deputies shot him several times with bean bag rounds, immobilizing him, and Cabrera got on the ground and was taken into custody without further incident.

When deputies searched Cabrera's room, they found the "Rambo" knife and a set of nunchucks.

Cabrera was treated for injuries he suffered during the incident and then booked to Fresno County Jail on charges of brandishing a deadly weapon, possession of an illegal weapon, resisting arrest and probation violations, Curtice said.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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