A Lodi man who was arrested last week for allegedly threatening a minor who forcefully entered the residence he was staying in will not be charged with any crime, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday.
Theodore Rieger, 31, was arrested after allegedly threatening a minor with a knife, according to the Lodi Police Department. He was apprehended by officers after emergency workers found him trapped between two vehicles in front of Lodi Memorial Hospital a day after a report was filed, police said.
Prosecutors did not file charges because it appeared likely that Rieger had acted defensively, said Kristine Reed, deputy district attorney for San Joaquin County.
“Due to the nature of the argument itself, there were issues for self-defense,” said Reed.
The incident occurred when Rieger allegedly was confronted by a juvenile who found him at a mutual friend’s residence on the 1600 block of School Street last week. The juvenile wanted to talk to Rieger about a previous disturbance, police said.
During the confrontation, Rieger tried to end the argument by slamming the door on the minor, who then kicked it open and entered the residence. The teen was then throwing things inside the house when the incident moved to the kitchen, police said.
Rieger grabbed a knife and reportedly held it in a threatening manner, authorities said.
The incident was broken up by a witness in the residence who then took the juvenile to the police station to file a report, according to police.
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