Two residents in Hemet are reeling after a man broke into their home and assaulted them, according to Hemet police. The couple is in their 70's and they fought back at the robber and shot him several times causing him to flee their home.
The suspect in the home invasion is Dechawn Wallace, 27, and he was arrested on suspicion of a parole violation, home-invasion robbery, burglary, elder abuse and assault. The police were called around midnight Tuesday on February 13 after a resident said a man broke into the home and assaulted them.
The two residents are husband and wife and they keep a gun in their home ready for just this type of situation. After being shot several times, Wallace fled the scene and showed up later at Riverside University Health System Medical Center in Moreno Valley.
Hospital staff alerted authorities and treated him for several gunshot wounds that were not life-threatening.
One of the victims was also hospitalized but was released shortly after. Wallace was already out on parole for a burglary conviction and has an extensive criminal history of violent crimes. He was arrested twice in San Diego County in 2009 but the charges were unclear.
Hemet Police Chief Rob Webb called out California for not locking Wallace up. "This is a case of good people being victimized by a subject who the State of California failed to keep locked up," Webb said. "It is totally unacceptable that decisions made at the state level continue to have a detrimental effect on our local communities."
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