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Posted: Monday, March 12, 2012 9:53 pm | Updated: 3:13 pm, Wed Dec 18, 2013.

One teenager has been arrested in connection with Saturday’s homicide that left an 18-year-old woman dead and her 17-year-old boyfriend in the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.

Around 8:30 p.m. Monday, Lodi Police Department detectives were in a neighborhood in Lodi that the suspect, a 17-year-old Hispanic male, was known to frequent, according to a press release by the department.

The suspect was driving a vehicle through the area, and he was followed by police, the press release stated.

When the suspect stopped the vehicle, Lodi detectives and officers were able to get to his car before he was able to drive off or leave the vehicle.

The suspect, whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile, was arrested on a no-bail homicide warrant with gang enhancement, according to the press release.

Police did not release information about the area where the suspect was arrested as of press time.

On Saturday, 18-year-old Angelica Osorio was killed by a single gunshot wound and her 17-year-old boyfriend was shot multiple times on the 00 block of South Garfield Street, according to a statement by the Lodi Police Department released Sunday.

Osorio was lying in the street, unresponsive, when police arrived on scene. Though she was transported to a local hospital, she was later pronounced dead.

Her boyfriend was also transported to a local hospital, and despite being shot multiple times, he is expected to live, according to the statement released Sunday.

Police believe the suspect arrested Monday night is the shooter.

This is the second gang-related homicide of 2012, and the fourth homicide in the last year to occur in the same general area on Lodi’s Eastside.

The first occurred just last month when 21-year-old Eric Lopez Ramirez was shot and killed on the 300 block of Central Avenue.

Shedley Frazier Jr. was shot and killed on Central Avenue between Pine and Elm streets in November. A 14-year-old was arrested in connection with his murder, but police say the suspected shooter, Jorge Rodriguez, is still at-large. Rodriguez was 18 at the time of the incident.

Frazier’s shooting was gang-related, according to police.

In July, 35-year-old Pedro Meza was shot in the head and killed in a drive-by shooting in the parking area of the apartment complex just one block over on East Elm Street.

Police believe that shooting was also gang-related.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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