Two violent incidents took place in Lodi during the weekend, with one man shot in the arm and another stabbed in the face and stomach.
Early Sunday morning, a man was shot in the arm resulting in the arrest of the victim and four other Stockton residents, according to Lodi police.
James Ortega, 19, was shot by a man who thought Ortega and some others were trying to steal his car at about 4:30 a.m. in the 1700 block of S. Hutchins St., just south of Kettleman Lane, police said.
Ortega, Raul Guerrero, 18, Peter Ortega, 22 and 11- and 13-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, police said. All five are Stockton residents. The two youngest suspects' names were not disclosed by police because they are juveniles.
Sunday's incident was very complex, with officers initially thinking that they were involved with two separate cases in different parts of town, police Sgt. Chris Jacobson said. As it turned out, they involved the same people.
"it took hours to figure out exactly what was going on," Jacobson said.
It all started when officers were dispatched to a report of two gunshots fired at an apartment complex on S. Hutchins Street, Jacobson said. Officers were then flagged down by a man in a parking lot at Hutchins Street and Kettleman Lane, who said that he had just stopped four or five males who were trying to steal his car, police said. The suspects went north in a car on Hutchins.
While the man whose car was almost stolen was chasing the suspects in his car on Hutchins, he flagged down officers driving south to the the apartment complex, police said. Then officers were dispatched to Lodi Avenue and Lee Street, where a drive-by shooting was reported, police said.
Officers thought at the time that the drive-by shooting report at Lodi and Lee was a completely separate event from the call of gunshots fired at Hutchins and Kettleman, but that didn't turn out to be the case, Jacobson said.
The man officers saw at Lodi and Lee with a gunshot wound to his arm was James Ortega, the man who was shot by the car owner in the South Hutchins Street apartment complex, police said.
Meanwhile, Ortega's brother, Peter, and the 11- and 13-year-olds left in a car with its headlights out. As it turned out, the car had been stolen in Stockton, police said. The car that Peter Ortega and the two young men were in was stopped by officers at Walnut and Hutchins Street. However, all three ran from the car, which had the engine still running and was being driven with two flat tires, police said.
Officers found one of the supsects hiding in a backyard in the 200 block of S. Hutchins St., and the other two were hiding in some front bushes next door, police said.
James Ortega was treated and released from Lodi Memorial Hopsital before being taken into custody along with Guerrero and Peter Ortega at Lodi Jail. The two juveniles were taken to San Joaquin County Juvenile Hall.
On Saturday afternoon, 22-year-old Jessie Meyer of Lodi was treated at Lodi Memorial Hospital after being stabbed in the face and stomach, police said. Meyer's injuries were not believed to be life threatening, Jacobson said.
On Sunday afternoon, officers were looking for Sohel Altas, 19, of Lodi, who they believe stabbed Meyer.
The stabbing took place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Star Market, 741 S. Cherokee Lane, during a fight involving five males inside the store, Jacobson said.
The stabbing apparently stemmed from a dispute which occured last week between Meyer and Altas, police said. When Altas saw Meyer outside the market, he chased Meyer inside the store and stabbed him as they and three others ran throughout the store, Jacobson said.