An officer suffered a broken hand while struggling with a man who allegedly stabbed one victim and threatened another at a Hemet mobile home park for seniors, police said Wednesday.
Officers were called about 5:35 p.m. Saturday to the Sunburst Mobile Home Park at 1895 W. Devonshire Ave. to deal with a 25-year-old man who was armed with a knife and threatening to kill himself, according to Hemet police Lt. Jeff Davis.
The first officer arrived and found the suspect, Moses Delgado of Hemet, inside a bedroom, Davis said.
“A male victim was on the bedroom floor near Moses,” Davis said. “The male victim had multiple stab wounds to his torso. Moses was on top of a second victim, a female.”
The suspect was allegedly trying to cut the second victim’s neck with what Davis called “an improvised weapon.”
Delgado initially refused to comply with the officer’s instructions to release the female, but eventually dropped the weapon, Davis said.
Additional officers arrived and helped take the “extremely combative” Delgado into custody, Davis said, adding that officers sustained abrasions and one came away with a fractured hand.
The stabbed male was taken to a trauma center, where he underwent surgery for life-threatening stab wounds, Davis said.
The female victim, who sustained minor lacerations to her neck, was examined and medically cleared at the scene, Davis said.
“The male victim remains in the hospital and is in stable condition,” according to the lieutenant.
Delgado was taken to Hemet Valley Medical Center for medical booking clearance and was combative with staff, so he was sedated so that he could be evaluated and treated, Davis said.
Hemet Police Chief Rob Webb praised the responding officers’ handling of the situation.
“Officers used the utmost restraint in this incident, which could have resulted in a fatal officer-involved shooting,” Webb said.
Delagado was booked on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder, physical elder abuse, resisting an officer and violating probation. He was being held in lieu of $1.05 million bail.
Delgado was on probation for a robbery conviction, Davis said.
The nature of his relationship with the two victims was not disclosed.