In a matter of minutes Sunday night, a 42-year-old Lodi man went from being the alleged victim of an armed robbery to being arrested for smashing into his assailant right in front of police.
The man, Humberto Ramos, ended up sitting in Lodi Jail on Monday morning alongside the two men he said robbed him.
At 11:50 p.m. Sunday, police received a call from Ramos that he had been robbed minutes before in the 400 block of E. Locust St.
Police said 28-year-old Adam Ramirez and 22-year-old Victor Alvarado, both from Lodi, confronted Ramos while he was walking. One of the men took out a handgun and pushed it against Ramos while the other searched his pockets and took his money, Lt. Fernando Martinez said.
Then the two men rode away on bicycles. Ramos got in his car to look for the suspects. He called police to meet him at Central Avenue and Vine Street.
When police arrived, Ramos waved them down and asked the officers to follow him to the suspects, Martinez said.
As the police were following Ramos east on Vine Street, the two robbery suspects were riding west on their bikes. In the 500 block of East Vine Street, police said Ramos unexpectedly yanked the wheel and hit one of the men on the bikes.
“He veers and strikes one of the gentlemen and runs him over,” Martinez said.
The suspect struck by the car was treated at Lodi Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. Ramos told officers he had veered to stop the men from getting away.
This is definitely a first, Martinez said.
“I’ve never heard of something like this, where a guy mows someone down when the cops are following him,” Martinez said.
Police said they found a handgun on one of the robbery suspects, and both were both charged with first-degree robbery. They are both affiliated with gangs, police said.
Ramos was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and a DUI for alcohol and/or drugs. He also was charged with two no-bail outstanding misdemeanor warrants.