Richmond: Man found cannibalizing grandmother charged with murder

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Dwayne Wallick/Photo credit: RPD

A man who police allegedly found trying to eat his deceased grandmother’s remains in Richmond has been charged with murder with a deadly weapon and mutilation, police said.

On Monday at 2:10 p.m., police were called to a home in the 1200 block of Club Court in the Hilltop Green neighborhood on a report of a bleeding female. The 911 caller was a relative of the elderly victim who said they arrived at the home to find her lying on the floor covered in blood.

Richmond police arrived and when they entered the home, they found 37-year-old Dwayne Wallick “actively using his hands to assault” the head and neck of his 90-year-old grandmother, identified as Ruby Wallick.

After Dwayne Wallick ignored police commands to stop the assault, officers Tased him and moved in to arrest him. The use of the Taser had “moderate effect,” prompting four officers to physically restrain him to get him into handcuffs, police said.

“While doing so, Dwayne attempted to continue his assault on his grandmother,” police said. “Officers physically had to remove Dwayne from the residence.”

Ruby Wallick was pronounced deceased at the scene. Meanwhile, her grandson was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment, where he remained as of Wednesday.

The official cause of death is still pending the results of an autopsy. On Wednesday, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office filed charges of murder with an enhancement for use of a deadly weapon and mutilation against Dwayne Wallick. His bail has been set at $1.1 million dollars.

Any person that may know anything about this crime is asked to contact Homicide Detective Jose Villalobos at (510) 620-6541, email him at [email protected] or contact Richmond’s anonymous tip line at (510) 621-1212 x1933.