A 23-year-old Lake Forest man who was shot by Orange County sheriff’s deputies after accosting a woman in Lake Forest pleaded guilty Wednesday to assault and other charges and was sentenced to nine months in jail.
Randall Wayne Allen, who was also placed on three years of formal probation, pleaded guilty to assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, resisting arrest and making criminal threats, all felonies, as well as a misdemeanor count of brandishing a weapon. As part of the plea deal, felony counts of robbery, possession of flammable material, arson and resisting arrest were dismissed, according to court records.
Allen’s brush with the law started about 4:15 p.m. Jan. 19 when sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a suspect with a weapon at a Walmart store in the unincorporated area of Foothill Ranch at 26502 Towne Centre Drive. The man — later identified as Allen — was brandishing a “machete-like” knife and was also carrying an airsoft gun, said Senior Deputy District Attorney Paul Chrisopoulos.
There were multiple sightings of the suspect in various locations prior to his conflict with deputies in a Lake Forest neighborhood, where he was wounded by deputies at Kathy Avenue and Hoi Circle after entering a residence and assaulting a woman inside the home. He got into the home through an open garage door and hit the woman in the head with the handle of the low-powered air gun, Chrisopoulos said.
When deputies confronted him, he pointed the weapon at them, the prosecutor said. Allen, who had no prior criminal history, spent about a month in a hospital recovering from his wounds, the prosecutor said.
Allen was released after posting bail in March, so he has some more time to do in jail, Chrisopoulos said.