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Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2008 10:00 pm

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.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • posted at 12:47 pm on Thu, Jun 19, 2008.


    To S&W 500. Thats why I prefer the 1100. When you need to protect yourself or your family this has an immediate deterrent effect! And you won't need to call 911. The neighbors will. If you need to pull the trigger, you never have to worry about the assailant lying in court. There will be no assailant. DOB will stop anyone. 3" Magnum DOB/DOB/DOB Will assure the intruder won't harm anyone. Plus innocent neighbors won't need to dodge bullets that will travel through a few walls.

  • posted at 2:02 pm on Wed, Jun 18, 2008.


    Papercut: the only time a "pop gun" should be used to "blast em up for us, as you stated", is when someone's life is in imminent danger. Failure to prove "one's state of danger" will result in a stay at one of California's Penal Colonies.Yes, I am a brave man, and no, I am not stupid.Have a nice evening

  • posted at 3:45 pm on Tue, Jun 17, 2008.


    s & w, maybe you could get one of your many little ole popguns out and blast em up for us, brave man.

  • posted at 1:26 pm on Tue, Jun 17, 2008.


    Papercut: Do you ever respond to legitimate questions? I hope these "perps" get the book thrown at them, and hope their parents get investigated by INS!Time to clean up this State, and Country regardless of race! Time to flush!

  • posted at 1:06 pm on Tue, Jun 17, 2008.


    Now this evening, the bg's (bad guys) stole a Lodi police squad car and got to stockton with it, where he was arrested.

  • posted at 10:31 am on Tue, Jun 17, 2008.


    Welcome to third world Los Angeles! Lodi, along with other towns along the 99 freeway, have been targeted for latino gang assimilation. Resistance is futile!

  • posted at 4:24 pm on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    Edumacation: I will take that bet, but what are you betting on?! I got rid of my 1100 when I was in college. But still, who are you talking about? BW? Or the place next door on Lodi Ave.? Please clarify.

  • posted at 3:42 pm on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    What? This didn't happen in the "most dangerous part of town" aka Railroad Av, Locust St, Elm St.??? Hope we don't have any seniors living around S. Hutchins and Kettleman or Lee and Lodi Av.

  • posted at 3:09 pm on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    Can someone tell me why a juvenile's name cannot be released to the media? Are you telling me that they don't know right from wrong at that age? Why are they being protected? Their names should be included along with anyone else when they do a crime. They know what they are doing!

  • posted at 2:52 pm on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    To T&C: Whats the big deal? Everyone knows there are GOB and GOG who run Lodi. GOB = "Good ol Boyz" GOG= Good ol Grlz" Some are wives of GOB's and some are female equivalents of GOB. We even have wannabe GOB females who I would define as GOG. Does a GOG sit on the city council? Does her OM (Old man) GOB want MG ('Mo Growth),and does she as an aspiring Wannabe GOG want growth limits? Its like a big tossed salat like OBAMA sez. You got dem GOB and dem GOG with the flava of the LAR and da CC. Hows dat fer da recipe?

  • posted at 2:20 pm on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    Okay S&W 500 I KNOW I KNOW, and I would bet my Remington 1100 on it any day. I just saw a familiar GOB address and it stimulated a memory of family and friends and happy people buying every east side hut that they couldn't afford. Oops that was in 2006. Sorry, I'll go back to oiling my toys.

  • posted at 1:05 pm on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    Papercut: Initially they thought it was a separate drive-by, until they questioned THEM. Then, they realized it was all one incident! What gang problem and what realtor are you referring to in that neighborhood?You can use initials, and please do tell if they are male or female.Also, where you present when LPD questioned the perps?

  • posted at 11:19 am on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    Wow sounds just like a nice group of documented cacasian kids out for a fun night on the town. What a joke do the names even surprise anyone anymore? For gods sake just stay in stockton please.

  • posted at 11:08 am on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    500, there was a suspect at Lodi & Lee and the LPD thought it was a seperate drive-by. that's where the wounded cholo was encountered. It's also another gang infested part of Lodi, where that local realtor is still trying to sell those houses for 300K and no disclosure about the gang problems to prospective buyers. Who but another gangbanger or GOB, for investment, would buy there?

  • posted at 9:31 am on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    Edumacation: The shooting did not occur at Lee/Lodi Ave. It took place at an apartment complex on South Hutchins, where 5 PUNKS tried to steal a VICTIMS car. The victim shot the perp. The punks fled in a STOLEN VEHICLE and ended up in a good neighborhood because THEY BLEW A TIRE.

  • posted at 9:14 am on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    Edumacation: Every time I read GOB, it cracks me up!

  • posted at 7:19 am on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    To papercut and T&C: LNS quote:"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....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..."Isn't there a GOB who has a Real estate office close by Lee and Lodi? I wonder if HE EVER DISCLOSES that there are gangs and shootings and muggings in the vicinity of his office and his "exclusive listings"? How do these people get away with not diclosing that many of their houses are in a BAD location - Isn't that called blight? So we need to see a blight discount or at least a disclosure to the loan company that the area is infested with criminals. Its not good for the "hood".

  • posted at 7:19 am on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    BTW: I meant that the DA should NOT charge the man who shot the perps of the crime! Our society is being ruined by criminals who violate innocent victims & it is time to say "NO MORE". I will also be money that those arrested are already at home!

  • posted at 6:47 am on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    These kids should be prosecuted for stupidity. Any car thief knows the best time to steal or burglarize a vehicle is between 10 and 12 PM.

  • posted at 6:45 am on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    I agree with Mad Dog. Enough is enough. Any owner should have the right to protect their hard earned property. Let the scumbags know that people are armed and intend to kill any scumbag that mess with their stuff!!! PS: The owner does need range time!!

  • posted at 6:40 am on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    Mad Dog: You are right again! I hope the DA will not press charges, as 5 people (regardless of age), where trying to steal his car. It is unfortunate that 2 of them where minors. The adults should be hammered by the law!! The kids need counseling!! Their parents need a good swift kick!! What where they out at 4 in the morning???????

  • posted at 6:10 am on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    Good morning papercut! No there has never been and never will be a porta potty beside a roach coach, even for the customers who pay to eat and get sick! I hope health inspectors inspect all containers and buckets because using a bucket as a porta potty is illegal in a food service vehicle! Do they wash their hands? I know the answer is "Yes, always" lol!

  • posted at 3:29 am on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    T & C, do you see a porta potty anywhere near any of those roach coaches set up all around town? If you're lucky, they'll let you use that 5 gallon crisco bucket under the counter. And why does the city continually renew the licquor licenses for these seedy markets?

  • posted at 2:54 am on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    I would like to see LPD check out the couple who have set up an extensive camp in the rear of the empty DiRT lot across from 721 S. Sacramento St. It faces the railroad tracks and is shaded by a huge tree. It is in a sunken fox hole type area so you have to approach from the RR track side to see it and them clearly. It would be nice for people not to just "SQAT" on peoples property. I didn't see a "Porta Potty" when I walked past them from the RR side!

  • posted at 2:02 am on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    We are NOT a bunch of SHEEP waiting to be "FLEECED" by others whether they are legally here, or illegally here!

  • posted at 2:01 am on Mon, Jun 16, 2008.


    The Star Market is a magnet for transients drinking outside and as long as the drunks buy the beer from the Star Market they are Allowed to loiter.

  • posted at 10:32 pm on Sun, Jun 15, 2008.


    I hope the vehicle owner spends some time on the firing range to improve his aim. Legally, deadly force is not to be used to protect property. However, enough is enough. It's time that these idiots learn that citizens will defend themselves and what they work hard to earn.



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