Suspect arrested after attempted bus jacking
A San Joaquin County Transit bus driver was threatened with a knife Thursday night and a suspect was later arrested.
At about 9:25 p.m. the driver picked up a young man at the Lodi Station transit center in downtown Lodi and continued to a bus stop on West Kettleman Lane in front of Coco's restaurant, Lodi police said.
When two women attempted to get on the bus, the suspect, 44-year-old Jesus Solorio, blocked their path and grabbed one of the women. After a male passenger said something to Solorio in Spanish, he released the woman.
Solorio then began yelling in Spanish to the bus driver, threatening to break the windows if he did not drive. He then grabbed the driver, pulled out a knife and held it six inches from the driver's throat, demanding the driver to go.
Solorio then turned his attention toward a male passenger who was attempting to leave. The driver then pushed a panic alarm button alerting police.
Solorio finally put the knife away and sat down, but became agitated when the driver wouldn't leave the bus stop. At that time the bus driver exited the bus.
After the bus driver left, Solorio fled south across Kettleman Lane.
When officers arrived, they found him in front of J.C. Penny and took him into custody at gunpoint.
Solorio is in the Lodi jail and has been charged with attempted car jacking, two counts of brandishing a weapon and possession of concealed weapon.
Woman killed in crash on Collier Road identified
An 86-year-old Shingle Springs woman killed late Thursday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident on Collier Road west of the Highway 99 interchange has been identified by the San Joaquin Coroner as Sophia Kupka.
The accident occurred at 4:07 p.m. when Kupka's husband, John, 77, also of Shingle Springs, turned his 1990 Lincoln into the path of an oncoming 1999 Chevy Lumina, the California Highway Patrol said.
He sustained moderate injures and was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital, but his status was not available.
Sophia Kupka died on scene.
The driver of the Chevy, William Shane Owens, 37, of Galt, also received moderate injures and was arrested on scene on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, a parole violation and involvement in a fatal accident, CHP spokesman Ted Montez said.
Owens' status was unavailable Friday evening. The accident remains under investigation.
Patrol on area waterways to increase this weekend
The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office is increasing its presence on local waterways this weekend. Memorial Day typically marks the beginning of boating season.
Deputies will patrol the Delta in several vessels, responding to boating accidents, looking for DUI drivers and checking for safety violations, personal flotation devices and expired registration, Sheriff's Department spokesman Sgt. Chris Stevens said.
"Traditionally on Memorial Day weekend, the sheriff's office channels its resources to boating. We will have every one of our boats out," he said.
Stevens urges boat drivers to refrain from drinking and driving.
"Almost every serious boating accident involves alcohol," he said.