Trial date set for felon who allegedly attacked elderly couple


Last updated 10/5/2018 at 1:49pm

BANNING - A Jan. 14 trial date was set for a parolee accused of breaking into a Hemet home and attacking two seniors, both of whom shot the ex-con in self-defense.

Dechawn Lewis Wallace, 27, of Moreno Valley, was arrested in February following the break-in on State Street, near the Ramona Bowl.

Wallace is charged with attempted robbery, burglary and two counts of elder abuse, as well as sentence-enhancing allegations of assaulting a person who is disabled and committing a serious crime within five years of parole from state prison.

During a status conference at the Banning Justice Center, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Johnson scheduled trial proceedings for January after the prosecution and defense said they would work to clear their calendars and be prepared to move forward at that time. An intervening pretrial conference is slated for Nov. 2 to confirm both sides are on track.

Wallace is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta.

According to Hemet police, just after midnight on Feb. 13, the ex-con allegedly forced his way into a mobile home in the 1700 block of State, occupied by a senior and his wife, neither of whom were identified.

Lt. Eddie Pust said the couple confronted the intruder, who allegedly became physically aggressive, striking both of the victims. Pust said the man and his wife armed themselves with guns and opened fire on Wallace, who was hit at least twice and ran out of the home.

The victims suffered minor injuries but did not require hospitalization.

According to Pust, patrol officers swarmed the area moments after the victims called 911 but could not locate the intruder. About an hour later, police were informed that a man fitting the burglar's description had checked into the emergency room at Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley, seeking treatment for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, the lieutenant said.

He said detectives went to the hospital and spoke with the convicted felon, who was placed under 24-hour guard in the detention ward of the medical center.

Wallace was positively identified by the victims, and on Feb. 15, after doctors cleared his release from the hospital, he was booked into jail.

According to court records, Wallace has prior convictions for burglary and receiving stolen property.


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