A parole and probation enforcement operation turned into a foot chase, a car chase and a car crash, Lodi police said, before they were able to arrest nine people late Friday night.
At approximately 8 p.m., Lodi police said they attempted to check in on a group of known Sureño gang members on the 500 block of East Locust Street. However, as police approached a group of individuals, they scattered, according to a press release from the Lodi Police Department.
As police gave chase, one of the gang members caught, a juvenile, was found to have a knife in his possession, which was a violation of his probation, the release stated.
This juvenile was recently released from juvenile hall for a stabbing he is suspected of committing Nov. 1, 2011 on Lockeford Street near the One-Eighty Teen Center, according to the release.
In that incident, the juvenile faced charges of attempted murder.
This is not the first time that this particular individual has been released from juvenile hall, police said. In the Nov. 1 incident, the juvenile had also just been released from juvenile hall, according to police.
On Friday, police also attempted to stop a car near the intersection of Sacramento and Pine streets, which was occupied by five known Sureño gang members, the release went on to state.
However, the driver of the vehicle did not stop and instead led police on a car chase that ended only after the driver crashed the car into another parked car.
According to the press release, police officers found a stolen .40-caliber hand gun inside the car, and two adults and three juveniles were arrested. The juveniles' names were not released by police. The two adults who were arrested were Alejandro Perez, 23, and Francisco Hernandez, 18, both of Lodi.
In a follow-up probation search of one of the juvenile arrestees' homes later Friday night, the press release stated police officers found a .30-caliber rifle.
The five individuals who were arrested face charges of multiple weapons violations and gang enhancement, among other charges, according to the press release.
Police also contacted Damien Parent, 19, on Friday.
According to Cpl. Dale Eubanks of the Lodi Police Department, Parent is not a gang member, though he too was searched as part of the probation and parole operation.
The press release from the department stated that police officers found a .45-caliber handgun in Parent's waistband, and as a result Parent faces charges of possessing a loaded, concealed firearm, among other charges.
Anyone with any information regarding criminal activity involving gang members are urged to call the Lodi Police Department at 209-333-6727 or Lodi Area Crime Stoppers at 209-333-6771.
Contact reporter Katie Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.