Aaron Garcia and Alex Medina had finished watching the San Francisco 49ers game on Sunday and were talking in Medina’s apartment when Garcia looked out the window and saw someone getting into his friend’s car. They immediately ran out the door and down the stairs.
“It was a quick reaction. There was no thinking it through,” Medina said.
The two surrounded either side of Medina’s car and Garcia slammed on the glass to frighten the burglary suspect. Then Medina said he grabbed the man and pinned him to the seat.
“I said, ‘What are you doing in my car? Why are you here?’” he said.
The two men held down the struggling suspect, who they said was wearing gloves and had been rummaging through Medina’s glove box, for several minutes before police arrived.
“Our mindset is to take care of our stuff and other people’s stuff. We wanted to keep him from breaking into other cars,” Garcia said.
At around 10:12 p.m. Sunday, officers responded to a call that two men were holding down a suspect in an apartment complex parking lot in the 1700 block of South Hutchins Street, Lt. Fernando Martinez said.
Lodi resident Joseph Ydrogo, 33, was arrested for theft of outstanding property and on a warrant for a parole violation.
Medina’s car has already been broken into twice this year, including one time when his car locks were damaged. He makes sure not to keep any valuables in his car.
Medina said recently that crime has increased in the area, and he wanted to take action to protect his property.
“I thought maybe this guy was hitting up the cars before. It’s better to get one off the street, and it lets people know that someone is watching,” Medina said.
Garcia said they are always willing to help others, whether it is assisting a stranded motorist on the road or helping an elderly woman find a specific item at Costco. He said more people need to start getting involved.
“In America, we don’t stand up for ourselves, but we need to protect each other,” he said.
As of press time, it is unclear when Ydrogo will appear in court next.