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Accused Kidnapper/ Child Molester Now Behind Bars

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FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

It all started Tuesday morning when Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims says a ten-year-old Fresno girl was walking her bike on her way to school.

That's when she says 23-year-old Kalvin Cardenas kidnapped her.

Investigators say he drove her to a remote area near Kerman where she told deputies he tied her up, raped her and left her alone in the weeds.

She eventually freed herself.

And deputies set off on a manhunt.

A cloud of tear gas surrounded Kalvin Cardenas as he came out of his Clovis home with his hands on his head.

Travis Larson is one of four people who live there.

"We were all home. We were all asleep. The female heard the bullhorns from the police saying our address, everybody out of the residence, we have you surrounded," Larson said.

Travis says Cardenas lives in the home and describes him as a quiet guy.

The house is about 100 yards away from an elementary school.

Travis says if he had any idea Kalvin was the kind of monster police say he is, he would've done something.

"Had I had any indication that he was that kind of guy, darn right I would have called it in," Larson said.

Larson says he's only known Cardenas since about three weeks ago when he moved into the home Cardenas was already renting a room out of.

But, he says, there were no red flags when Cardenas came home Tuesday night.

"I didn't notice anything different. I didn't notice anything was wrong with him. I noticed his car wasn't home. I noticed he had rode in on a beach cruiser bicycle and said his car wasn't working," Larson said.

Early Wednesday morning, deputies tracked Cardenas' truck down at his girlfriend's apartment near Cedar and Shaw.

But Cardenas wasn't there.

A little later they moved in on his home near Winery and National.

Cardenas' roommate says as soon as the SWAT team surrounded the home, Kalvin busted into his room.

"He looked at me and said, my truck, tell them it's yours, tell them it's your truck. Cover for me, cover for me man. And that's when I realized they definitely weren't there for me. And right after that they started screaming his name," Larson said.

Arrested for such a heinous crime, Kalvin's roommates and neighbors are disgusted.

"Flat out," Larson said.

"I'd use profanity to make my point, but too many cameras."

"I was just glad that they found the guy, kind of sad that they found him two houses down from mine," Jim Rafael, who lives two houses down from Cardenas, said.

KMPH has also learned that Kalvin Cardenas was arrested last May in Dinuba for trying to pick up four little girls.

The Tulare County District Attorney's office says no charges were filed because prosecutors gave the case back to Dinuba Police for more evidence on May 21st.

A detective for the Dinuba Police Department tells KMPH News the case was re-submitted to the Tulare County DA's office Wednesday afternoon.

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