A man who was aided by emergency workers Wednesday evening was taken into custody immediately after officers realized he had an outstanding warrant, police said.
Theodore Rieger, 31, was wanted for child cruelty and assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly threatening a minor with a knife, when emergency workers found him trapped between two vehicles at Lodi Memorial Hospital, said Sgt. Fernando Martinez of the Lodi Police Department.
"He had taken a friend to the hospital, but he doesn't have reverse on his vehicle," Martinez said. "He was trying to back it up by pushing the car backwards, and lost his footing and was pinned between two vehicles."
It was as police assisted the Lodi Fire Department that officers made the connection, Martinez said.
Rieger allegedly was confronted by a juvenile on Monday who found him at a mutual friend's residence on the 1600 block of School Street. The juvenile wanted to talk to Rieger about a previous disturbance, Martinez said.
During the confrontation, Rieger slammed the door on the juvenile, who then kicked it open and entered the residence. The minor was then throwing things inside the residence when the incident moved to the kitchen, police said.
Rieger grabbed a knife and reportedly held it around the victim's face and throat, police said.
The incident was broken up by a witness in the residence who then took the juvenile to the police station to file a report, Martinez said.
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