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Pedro Jose Tejeda

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:27 am, Mon Apr 30, 2012.

A 19-year-old man wanted in the murder of Lodi resident Phillip Crow was arrested on Saturday and booked into San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department.

Pedro Jose Tejeda of Galt was arrested hours after he was picked up by Galt Police in an unrelated incident, according to Galt Police Sgt. Chris Smith.

Tejeda allegedly shot Crow to death on March 26 in Thornton in a drive-by shooting in the 8400 block of Stockton Street, east of Thornton Road, according to the sheriff's office. Crow, 18, died of a single gunshot to the head, according to a sheriff's report.

Galt police initially picked up Tejeda after receiving a call about a fight Friday night, Smith said. Tejeda, knocking on several doors on Germaine Drive, was going to be taken to a Sacramento County mental health hospital, Smith said, but Tejeda was instead taken to jail after being combative with officers.

"He wasn't safe to leave out in the community," Smith said.

While being transported to Sacramento County Jail, Tejeda made some comments about the March 26 shooting in Thornton, so Galt officers notified San Joaquin County Sheriff's detectives, Smith said. He was turned over to San Joaquin County authorities at 12:20 a.m. Saturday.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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