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Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 10:00 pm

A man accused of pulling a loaded gun on a California Highway Patrol officer was arraigned in court Wednesday on 15 criminal charges.

A Lodi judge set Roberto Emmanuel Molina's bail at $985,000, after appointing a public defender to represent the 20-year-old, who said he has no home.

Molina is charged with attempted murder and a plethora of weapons, drug and gang allegations.

He was arrested Monday morning after a struggle with Officer Tim Fautt, who confronted Molina on East Jahant Road while investigating an accident involving a stolen vehicle.

Molina allegedly refused to show Fautt his hands. Fautt grabbed him as Molina pulled a loaded gun out of his pants, CHP spokesman Angel Arceo said.

The two struggled, with Molina allegedly holding his finger in the trigger and trying to aim the gun around his body at the officer, Arceo said Tuesday.

Molina finally dropped the gun and was arrested.

The CHP had said Tuesday that Molina may be connected to a recent homicide, but Arceo declined to give further details. Wednesday's charges related only to the Monday incident.

Those charges are: attempted murder with a firearm, vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, possession of a firearm with a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, carrying a loaded firearm in public, resisting arrest, being a gang member while carrying a firearm, participation in a street gang, illegally borrowing a vehicle, possession of burglary tools, hit-and-run, and driving without a license.

Molina previously had a felony conviction in January 2008 after pleading guilty to possession of a stolen vehicle and failing to appear in court, according to San Joaquin County court records. He is on probation for that case.

Molina, speaking with the assistance of a Spanish language interpreter, told Judge David Warner that he was about to start working in a cherry orchard but was otherwise unemployed, and that he has no home. The CHP said he lived in Thornton.

After Warner set bail, Molina asked if that amount could be lowered.

"We can bring that up again, but with these charges, that's not likely to happen," Warner replied.

Molina will return to court June 17, and a preliminary hearing is tentatively set for June 26.

Contact reporter Layla Bohm at layla@lodinews.com.

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2 comments:

  • posted at 12:40 pm on Thu, May 28, 2009.

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    Molina is a convicted felon with a laundry list of charges, he is a known member of a street gang and has the nerve to ask his bail be lowered. With his list of offences I find it most difficult that he would try to BS the judge into believing he is going to start work in a cherry orchard. If anything raise his bail, if by some chance he could raise the bail as it stands, for sure he would jump it and head for Mexico.

     
  • posted at 4:44 am on Thu, May 28, 2009.

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    Awww, come on, poor minority immigrant only wanted a better life in America. What's all the fuss?CLOSE THE BORDERS !!!!!

     

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