An 82-year-old Wheat Ridge homeowner, Robert Wallace, was charged with attempted murder soon after police said he shot at two men stealing a trailer from his property in February.One of the suspects, 28-year-old Alvaro Cardona-De Lorea, was shot through the eye, leaving him with brain damage and a disfigured skull.The two men he shot at, however, remained free of charges for nearly five months until they were arrested last Friday.The second theft suspect, Damacio Torres-Ochoa, 32, was arrested by federal immigrant authorities at his Boulder workplace on an immigration violation, authorities said. Wheat Ridge police arrested Cardona-De Lorea at a Westminster park.
The case began on the night of Feb. 24 when Wallace called 911 to report that two men in a red pickup truck had hooked up to his flatbed trailer outside his home and driven off with it.Minutes later, Torres-Ochoa drove the pickup up to St. Anthony's Central Hospital with the gravely wounded Cardona-De Lorea, according to police records. Hospital staff spotted a bullet hole in the truck's passenger window. Police quickly connected the shooting to the theft of Wallace's trailer.Wallace, a onetime amateur auto racer who still tinkers with cars, initially denied shooting at the men stealing his trailer.But his mood changed when police said they would obtain a warrant to search his home."Bunch of thieves take my trailer" and "look now," the homeowner told investigators, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. "Guess this is not going to turn out good."
Alvaro Cardona-De Lorea, left, and Damacio Torres-Ochoa, are accuse of stealing Robert Wallace's trailer.