Video shows takedown of Orange County man accused of trying to drown his child

Wilkens Odena charged with attempted first degree murder

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Body camera footage from Orange County sheriff's deputies show how they apprehended a man wanted for trying to drown his own child in an apartment complex swimming pool.

Family members called deputies after they said Wilkens Ordena, 29, held his one-year-old son under water between his thighs in an attempt to kill him on March 4. 

Deputies said Ordena hit two of their patrol cars as he fled from them, crashing through the front gates of the apartment complex.

They said he led them on a short pursuit up Apopka Vineland Road, where they were able to pull him over.

"Come out of the car," one deputy is heard yelling in the body camera footage with his weapon drawn.

The video shows deputies surrounding a Chrysler 300 sedan.

One of them uses his baton to shatter the back passenger side window of the car after Ordena refuses to comply with their commands.

They also smash out the front passenger side window in order to unlock the car.

That's when deputies are seen in the video pulling Ordena out of the car, where they secure him in handcuffs and transport him to the Orange County Jail.

Ordena is being held on no bond.

His next court date is scheduled for July 3.

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