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Posted: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 10:00 pm

A federal probationer fled from officers Wednesday, ditched a gun and then fought with them as they tried to arrest him, Lodi police said.

He was soon booked into jail, but that incident led to searches of two houses, one with the SWAT team involved.

In the meantime, three juveniles, one of whom was wanted on a no-bail warrant, also fought with officers trying to arrest them in the same east Lodi neighborhood.

Both incidents happened during an operation in which police went to a number of addresses Wednesday. They visited homes that have been the subject of complaints to police, as well as homes of those on probation and parole, said Lodi Police Detective Eric Bradley.

Around 10 a.m., Officer Roger Butterfield was near Garfield Street when he recognized a man who is on federal probation for transporting marijuana from Mexico into the U.S., Bradley said.

The man, David Martinez Godoy, 30, and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Kristen Perry, fled on bicycles. Butterfield chased after them and caught up at Central Avenue and Oak Street, where Godoy allegedly threw a revolver on the ground, Bradley said.

He then struggled with police, which sent more officers scrambling to the scene.

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The unloaded gun was registered to a man from Clovis.

Police then went to the couple's home in the 200 block of Flora, arriving minutes after a known gang member fled out the back door. Police found ammunition inside but suspected the gang member may have removed contraband from the house, Bradley said. So then police began writing a warrant for that man's home. Because a gun was involved in the initial incident, police called in the SWAT team, which arrived in the 400 block of Railroad Avenue around 4 p.m.

No guns, other than an air rifle, or suspects were found inside the home.

Bradley did not have final numbers of those contacted during Wednesday's sweep but said several people were back behind bars and some could face deportation.

They included a grandmother who allegedly lied to officers when they arrived at her North Central Avenue home looking for her grandsons. She said the boys were not home, but officers started a probation search and found both boys, along with a third youth.

All, including the grandmother, were arrested, Bradley said.

Contact reporter Layla Bohm at layla@lodinews.com.

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  • posted at 7:52 am on Sat, Jan 10, 2009.


    warvet: that statement you made about the ex Galt cop. Could that possibly be considered a libelous statement? I would not like to read something like that about me that is obviously a very personal thing--and I would be angry. Instead of smearing our local public servants that are here to protect us, why not encourage them for the jobs well done.And yes, great job LPD! Keep up the good work.

  • posted at 10:20 am on Thu, Jan 8, 2009.


    The short stocky cop by the black truck used to be a galt cop. When he first started he was a really nice guy but something changed as he spent time with the other galt cops and he was so mean to so many people. I'm so happy that he is now with the Lodi P.D I think his attitude will change and he will go back to being the great guy he was before. Great job Lodi P.D I have a lot of respect for the work you do. Thank you

  • posted at 8:48 am on Thu, Jan 8, 2009.


    Homicides are waiting to happen on that side of Lodi.Great job, LPD!!!

  • posted at 8:18 am on Thu, Jan 8, 2009.


    Whats this world coming to when you can`t even trust grandma. What a sight that must have been, grannie in handcuffs.

  • posted at 6:29 am on Thu, Jan 8, 2009.


    Kudos to the photographer, Jennifer Howell. She seems to have been on the scene at the right time. Everyone knows the photographers work so much harder than the lowly reporters! (lol)

  • posted at 4:18 am on Thu, Jan 8, 2009.


    GOOD JOB LPD!!....good article Layla..

  • posted at 3:17 am on Thu, Jan 8, 2009.


    I agree, :Illegals" know it is Very very relaxed here in Lodi! I have a bus driver friend who told me he knows someone who has been in California for 20 years, but still can't speak ENGLISH! That tells me one simple thing... "He is an illegal"! Part of becoming a U.S. Citizen is that to pass the test, you must be able to speak, read and write ENGLISH! Not too worry though readers, other's will post comments that "Illegals have EVERY right to be in America, whether they are obeying the law or breaking the law!" Send them back is the only answer, and punish the employers who hire them, just so they can pay lower wages, and not pay the required taxes!

  • posted at 12:42 am on Thu, Jan 8, 2009.


    http://fulldisclosure.net/Programs/478.phpIt is going to get worse. Where are all the lib comments about targeting latinos?I am glad that LPD is starting to realize how serious this is. We need more checkpoints on the street. Illegals know how laxed it is here, and there are plenty here to brag about it to people back at the ole homestead.

  • posted at 11:56 pm on Wed, Jan 7, 2009.


    Pobrecitos! (Poor little ones

  • posted at 11:51 pm on Wed, Jan 7, 2009.


    Dang, LPD rousting poor latinos again. When are you badged bullies gonna leave these poor immigrants alone? After all, they are just here to make a better life, yeah RIGHT, at OUR expense,,,,CLOSE THE BORDERS.,

  • posted at 10:02 pm on Wed, Jan 7, 2009.


    Layla, thank you for mentioning the fact that some of these people may face deportation. I know that subject is not politically correct but it needs to be brought up in cases such as this.

  • posted at 10:00 pm on Wed, Jan 7, 2009.


    When will the COPS tv show come to Lodi and film what goes on around here? If you can't do the time....dont run for office!



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