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Turns Himself In After Shooting Lover In Neck

Turns Himself In After Shooting Lover In Neck

An Arverne man turned himself in to police in the Bronx four hours after he shot his girlfriend in the neck – severing her carotid artery and jugular vein – last Friday afternoon.

Francisco Cardenas, 41, of 519 Beach 66 Street, surrendered at the 48 Precinct and admitted he shot his 28-year-old girlfriend, Lenni Deleon, in the neck after they argued at his home, according to court records.

Cardenas told police he went to the bathroom, shed his blood-soaked shirt and fled to a nearby subway station leaving his critically injured girlfriend helpless. He said he "lost" his weapon on the way to the train.

Deleon underwent emergency surgery at Jamaica Hospital. She was listed in critical condition and was expected to survive the violent attack.

Cardenas is charged with second degree attempted murder and criminal weapons possession, and first degree assault and reckless endangerment, according to Nicole Navas, spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

Queens Criminal Court Judge Robert Raciti held Cardenas without bail and issued a temporary order of protection barring him from contact with Deleon. Cardenas is due back in court on July 2.

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