It took several hours and a long standoff with police before two juveniles were arrested after they were accused of robbing a store clerk at gunpoint Saturday night.
According to Lodi Police Sgt. David Griffin, two 17-year-olds robbed Star Market, 714 Cherokee Lane, at around 7:30 p.m., stealing an undisclosed amount of cash and alcohol. Shortly after the robbery, Lodi police officers used video surveillance to identify both suspects, Griffin said.
Later that evening, police received a call reporting that a person was being robbed of their bicycle at gunpoint on the 200 block of West Century Boulevard, Griffin said.
Officers searched the area and soon found a group of people were in possession of a bike matching the description of the stolen one. The group told officers that a man had offered them the bike, Griffin said.
As officers spoke with the group, the man they claimed offered them the bike returned. Officers identified him as one of the suspects from the earlier robbery at Star Market, Griffin said.
The man was booked into Lodi Jail on suspicion of multiple counts of robbery with gang enhancement.
On Sunday, around 3 a.m., Lodi police detectives learned where the second suspect might be hiding.
Officers and SWAT team members, believing the suspect might be armed, surrounded a Lodi home and evacuated everyone inside except for the 17-year-old suspect and another teenager who refused to surrender, Griffin said.
For nearly three hours, Lodi police demanded both teens come out. After police peppersprayed the suspects for the second time, both gave themselves up to police.
The suspect wanted in connection with the robbery was arrested on suspicion of robbery, failure to obey a police command and obstructing a police officer, with gang enhancement.
The suspects’ names have not been released because they are juveniles.
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