A Lodi man fleeing the scene of a Tuesday burglary picked the wrong avenue of escape: He ran down an alley next to the police station.
He also happened to do so right at shift change, meaning that plenty of officers were mere yards away, in the back parking lot of the 215 W. Elm St. station.
And just to add to matters, he took the time to climb over a wall, rather than take two steps to the right and go around it - as officers did.
Richard Henderson, 26, of Lodi, was soon detained in the parking lot of the Lodi News-Sentinel, 125 N. Church St.
Witnesses initially called police around 4:30 p.m. after seeing a man breaking into a vehicle at the corner of California and Lockeford streets, said Acting Lt. Tod Patterson. The man fled, and more witnesses directed officers toward the path taken by the shirtless man.
Henderson, who was quite sweaty when officers arrived, was placed in the back of a police car without incident.
He was soon booked into the city jail on suspicion of burglary, vehicle tampering, resisting arrest and attempted vehicle theft, said Acting Lt. Tod Patterson.
Shooting suspect pleads not guilty
A Lodi man was arraigned on an attempted murder charge Tuesday, two days after a police officer allegedly heard a shooting.
Luis Michael Millan, 21, pleaded not guilty in Lodi court to the charge, as well as one count each of shooting at an occupied vehicle and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is also accused of violating the terms of his probation on a previous drug charge.
Millan was arrested Sunday night after Officer Josh Redding allegedly heard shots being fired and saw him in the median on Cherokee Lane near Pine Street, police said. The suspect fled and Redding threatened to send his police dog after Millan, who crawled out from under a bush and surrendered, police said.
Nobody was injured, though several rounds hit a car, and one traveled through it and lodged in the dashboard.
Millan, who is represented by a public defender, is held on $1 million bail and will return to court next Tuesday.
Another man arrested at the scene, Chico Castillo, was charged with felony dissuading a witness. Police said the 24-year-old arrived at the scene and tried to keep the victims from talking to officers.
Castillo is held on $250,000 bail and will also return to court Tuesday. He did not enter a plea, as an outside attorney has to be appointed to represent him to avoid a conflict of interest.
Lodi Unified School District receives $2.5 million grant
The Lodi Unified School District has received a $2.5 million grant from the California Department of Education. The funds will be used over five years for an after-school academy at McNair and Bear Creek high schools, both located in North Stockton.
Both sites are excited about the new after-school programming and have created action plans, according to program organizer Neil Young.
The After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens grant, also known as "ASSETS," focuses on increasing high school exit exam pass rates, after-school academics and enrichment for teens and their parents.
Among the local partners are Kaplan, Junior Achievement for entrepreneurial courses for teens and parents, University of the Pacific Math, Engineering, Science Achievement, Delta College Community/Outreach Services for monthly college workshops, the Stockton Public Library family literacy referral services, Lodi Boys and Girls Club for after-school programming leadership and Stockton Police Department for juvenile justice system workshop for teens and parents, according to the district.
An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 12 at Bear Creek High School Library, 10555 Thornton Road, Stockton.