Palm Desert man arrested to attempted murder of elderly woman


Police are investigating after an elderly woman was assaulted in Palm Desert on Thursday evening.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department deputies received reports of the woman being assaulted on Candlewood Drive about 5:15 pm. according to KESQ.

The woman was hospitalized and her condition is not known.

Update: The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has made an arrest and issued a press release:

On Thursday, January 31st, at about 5:19 PM, officers from the Palm Desert Police Department responded to the 74000 block of Candlewood Street, to a report of unknown trouble at the location. Officers arrived and located an adult female suffering from major injuries. The female was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Investigators from the Palm Desert Police Department responded and assumed the investigation.

(Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept.)

The investigation revealed the victim had been assaulted by 32-year-old, Ryan Alkana, of Palm Desert. Alkana was located and detained at the scene and subsequently booked into the Indio Jail for Attempted Murder.

Ryan Alkana, 32, was arrested at 5:26 p.m. Thursday by the Palm Desert Police Department, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department jail records. He was booked without a set bail amount just after 6 a.m. Friday.

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