Watch CBS News

Woman Survives After Car Thief Beats Her Into A Coma With Fire Extinguisher

DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - A woman savagely beaten by a man with a fire extinguisher in a downtown Dallas parking garage early Saturday morning, will live to see her daughter.

Jonna King was temporarily in a coma after the injuries she sustained to her face. (courtesy: Go Fund Me)

Jonna King, 27, was attacked by David Cadena, 25, soon after she got in her car to drive home from work.

Cadena violently pulled King out of her car, then used a fire extinguisher to beat her into a coma, leaving her unconscious on the pavement. Then he stole her car.

"He apparently sprayed the foam or the powder of the fire extinguisher into her car, startled her, and then pulled her out of the car violently," said King's brother-in-law Korbin King.

David Cadena, 25 (credit: Dallas County Jail)

King suffered serious injuries but was released from the hospital after spending four days in the intensive care unit.

"She had, her whole left side of her body from defending herself, was completely bruised, beaten up," said Korbin King.

She is recovering at home, according to her GoFundMe page, but isn't able to work either of her two jobs. Her husband isn't working either so he can stay and home and care for her and their 2-year-old daughter, Arabella.

Cadena was arrested after he crashed King's car inside the garage. He was combative and heavily intoxicated, according to first responders. They took Cadena to Parkland Hospital.

He was charged with aggravated robbery. Despite a previous conviction for aggravated assault, Cadena bonded out of the Dallas County Jail. His bail was set at $20,000.

"He's free right now on the street. Who's he's going to hurt or kill," asked Korbin King. "How in the world can we have a justice system in Dallas County that allows this violent criminal, this animal who attacked my sister-in-law, to be out?"



View CBS News In
CBS News App Open
Chrome Safari Continue
Be the first to know
Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.