Three teens were arrested Friday night on suspicion of robbery after allegedly stealing a cell phone and charger from a 17-year-old male in the area of School and Sycamore streets, according to Lodi police.
The 17-year-old was walking down the street at about 10:50 p.m. when he was confronted by three males who asked him for cigarettes, police said. The victim said he didn't have any cigarettes, so one of the suspects patted down his pockets, reached in and took the cell phone and charger, police said.
One of the suspects tried to take the victim's backpack, but the victim got away. The suspect caught up with the teen again and this time grabbed his backpack and ran away, police said.
Officers later found the suspects, with one of them having the teen's cell phone and chargers, police said.
Officers arrested Christopher Alexander Williams, 18, of Lodi. He was in custody at Lodi Jail on $60,000 bail. Two 16-year-old boys were also arrested on suspicion of robbery and taken to juvenile hall.
Environmental video contest for students
The city of Lodi is co-sponsoring an environmental video contest for high school students within the Lodi Unified School District. The theme is "Only rain down the drain."
Videos will be used as public service announcements at Lodi movie theaters and other public venues to help people learn that pesticides, herbicides, street trash, and soap from car washing all float through stormwater basins and into rivers and streams.
There are three categories: 30 seconds, 60 seconds, and five to 10 minutes.
Three copies of the video, formatted in NTSC DVD 4:3, must be submitted and will not be returned. They must have the student's name, phone number, high school and category. Entries must be rated G.
Best of show wins $1,000, and the best of each category will win $100.
DVDs must be postmarked or hand-delivered no later than Dec. 1 to WGR-Southwest, Inc., 315 W. Pine St., Suite 8, Lodi, CA 95240. For more information, call 327-2063 or visit www.worldsgreatestresource.com.