A 62-year-old Lake Elsinore man who pulled a knife on sheriff’s deputies when they attempted to take him into custody for disregarding a restraining order was convicted Monday of assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest.
A Murrieta jury deliberated only a few hours before finding Richard Allen Belville guilty of the felony counts, as well as a misdemeanor charge of violating a domestic violence restraining order and a sentence-enhancing allegation of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge John Davis scheduled a sentencing hearing for Nov. 30 at the Southwest Justice Center.
Belville, who acted as his own attorney during the three-day trial, is being held without bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside.
According to sheriff’s Sgt. Glenn Warrington, deputies went to Belville’s residence in the 300 block of Main Street, near Summer Avenue, on the morning of June 21 to take him into custody after an investigation revealed that, a day earlier, he’d contacted a person who had sought and received court protection from him.
When deputies went to Belville’s front door, he tried to slam it shut, then “reached for a large hunting knife and moved towards the (deputies) in a threatening manner,” Warrington said.
One deputy fired a Taser, causing Belville to fall to the ground and drop the knife, according to Warrington.
Belville was arrested without further incident and taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar to be medically cleared for booking, then he was taken to jail.
No deputies were injured.
Belville had no documented prior felony or misdemeanor convictions in Riverside County.