A convicted felon accused of trying to kill a Hemet senior and a woman at a mobile home park, then fighting with police officers who came to the victims’ aid, pleaded not guilty Monday to attempted murder and other charges.
Moses David Delgado, 25, was arrested on Sept. 22 at the Sunburst Mobile Home Park in the 1800 block of Devonshire Avenue and is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.
Along with two counts of attempted murder, Delgado is charged with elder abuse, resisting arrest and sentence-enhancing weapon and great bodily injury allegations. He was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Johnson, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for Oct. 11 at the Banning Justice Center.
According to Hemet police Lt. Jeff Davis, Delgado allegedly perpetrated a frenzied assault on the male victim, a resident of the Sunburst retirement community, stabbing him multiple times with a bladed instrument about 5:30 p.m. After the man collapsed from life-threatening wounds, the probationer turned on the woman in the residence, attempting to cut her throat, Davis alleged.
Witnesses called 911, and patrol officers arrived moments later, forcing their way into the mobile home, where they found Delgado on top of the woman, allegedly holding the weapon to her neck, the lieutenant said.
“Moses … dropped the weapon when ordered,” he said. “Moses did not comply with officers and was extremely combative. Officers sustained injuries to include abrasions and a fractured hand while taking Moses into custody.”
The victims, whose names were withheld, were transported to a hospital. The woman suffered minor injuries and was treated and released. The man underwent emergency surgery and is still recovering, according to Davis.
The victims’ relationship to Delgado, if any, was not disclosed, and there was no explanation for the alleged attack.
The defendant was sedated and treated for minor injuries before he was booked into jail, according to police.
Court records show he has prior convictions for attempted robbery, vandalism and carrying a concealed weapon.
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