An altercation on Lockeford Street resulted in the stabbing of a boy Tuesday afternoon.
A juvenile suspect was arrested on Central Avenue about 30 minutes after the stabbing.
At approximately 3:30 p.m., Lodi police and firefighters responded to the One-Eighty Teen Center to treat a boy who had come in after he had been stabbed under his right armpit, Cpl. Roger Butterfield said.
He was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital, but his injuries were believed to be minor. The victim’s age has not been released.
According to Butterfield, a group of boys had approached the victim on Lockeford Street and asked if he was in a gang. An argument ensued and gang slurs were also reportedly uttered, Butterfield added.
One of the juveniles then pulled a large knife on the victim and attempted to stab him repeatedly, Butterfield said. Though the boy was able to inflict a flesh wound, the victim was able to eventually smack the knife away.
The group of juveniles who instigated the argument, including the suspect, ran east on Lockeford Street, Butterfield said, where the suspect was eventually apprehended by Officer Jim Pendergast.
The victim ran to the center for treatment, where administrators called the police.
The suspect was brought back to the center where he was positively identified and taken into custody, Butterfield added. His age, too, was not available.
According to Butterfield, the suspect has a criminal record and was released from juvenile hall last week.
The suspect was arrested and will be charged with attempted murder and gang enhancement, Butterfield said.
Jake McGregor, director of the center, said he feels as if there has been a slight uptick in gang violence recently.
While gang-related activity has not increased at the teen center, he said he has seen more groups of suspicious kids walking up and down Lockeford Street.
“We are definitely on alert (at the center),” he said. “It is a shame that this kind of thing affects Lodi. Our kids are shaken up.”
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