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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2002 10:00 pm

The alleged assault that occurred in northwest Lodi on Thursday afternoon wasn't a shooting at all, Lodi police said Friday.

And the victim, apparently assaulted with a bottle instead of a gun, was arrested on drug charges hours after the incident.

Police have arrested one suspect in the assault, an accessory, and are still looking for two others.

Michael Diaz
Michael Diaz

Michael Diaz, 26, suffered an injury to his forehead Thursday afternoon at his home in the 700 block of North Loma Drive.

Diaz was reportedly shot at his house in the 700 block of North Loma Drive before he went around the corner and to a house in the 1700 block of West Lake Street. The homeowner there called 911, police said Friday.

He was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital by ambulance. He was treated and released Thursday evening and then was interviewed at the police department.

Jenny Morring
Jenny Morring

Diaz, who was uncooperative with police at first, later said he thought he'd been shot, although no weapon was found by police.

Diaz and his roommate, Jenny Morring, 28, were subsequently arrested by officers at the police department on various drug-related charges, including possession.

They are being held at the city jail on $20,000 bail each and are expected to be arraigned Monday, Sgt. Doug Chinn said.

Police say Diaz was assaulted by two unknown suspects who fled the scene before police arrived.

A third suspect has been arrested for his alleged part in the assault.

James Grant, 29, of Lodi, was being held at city jail as an accessory to the crime, but was released. He was allegedly driving the getaway car that the other two suspects reportedly jumped into after assaulting Diaz, police said.

James Grant
James Grant

Police originally believed the assailants used a small caliber gun, possibly a .22 or .25 caliber, to shoot Diaz.

The injury apparently resembled a gunshot wound.

Doctors even thought the victim had been shot and said the bullet had bounced off Diaz' head, Chinn said.

On Friday, several residents said they have seen suspected drug trafficking in the area for several years, in part because of comings and goings at odd hours.

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