Felony charges were filed Friday against an ex-con and a woman who allegedly broke into a Palm Springs residence and held the elderly homeowner and a caretaker hostage.
Juan Antonio Beltran and Itati Maribi Ceja, both 22-year-old residents of Indio, are accused of breaking into the senior’s home in the 2200 block of Sunshine Circle South at around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday.
The pair assaulted and restrained the homeowner and the victim’s caretaker, then “ransacked the residence,” police allege. Officers established a perimeter around the home and arrested the suspects after they tried to run out the back door, according to police.
The victims, whose names were not released, were hospitalized for treatment of injuries of unknown severity.
Both defendants are faces charges of robbery, burglary and false imprisonment of a hostage, while Beltran is additionally charged with kidnapping, elder abuse, making criminal threats, dissuading a witness and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Beltran “had several felony convictions prior to this incident” and was on parole, while Velador has no prior criminal record, according to Palm Springs police. The pair are slated to appear in an Indio courtroom Friday afternoon.
The Palm Springs Police Department is “actively seeking witnesses” and asked anyone with information to call the PSPD Detective Bureau at (760) 778-8411 or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (760) 341-7867.