An example of a handgun being aimed. Photo from Pixabay.
An example of a handgun being aimed. Photo from Pixabay.

A parolee accused of breaking into a Hemet home and attacking two seniors, who shot the ex-con in self-defense, was charged Tuesday with attempted robbery and other felonies.

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

Along with the attempted murder count, Wallace is charged with attempted robbery and two counts of elder abuse, with a sentence-enhancing allegation of committing a serious crime within five years of parole from state prison.

The defendant is being held without bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta and is slated to make his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon at the Banning Justice Center.

Just after midnight on Feb. 13, Wallace 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.

The couple confronted the intruder, who became physically aggressive, striking both of the victims, Hemet police Lt. Eddie Pust alleged. He said the man and his wife both 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.

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

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 Thursday, after doctors cleared him to be released from the hospital, he was booked into jail.

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

–City News Service

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