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Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 12:55 pm

Lodi police used a dog to arrest a man who officers say ran from them and threatened a resident at his home with a gun on Tuesday night.

According to Lodi Police Sgt. Eric Versteeg, an officer tried to stop Levi Friedli, 25, of Lodi, for a bicycle offense around 11:30 p.m. near the 600 block of South Stockton Street. When the officer attempted to make contact, Friedli, who had two warrants for his arrest, ran, Versteeg said.

Friedli jumped into a backyard and started knocking on a window, asking a man inside to let him in, Versteeg said. When the man refused, Versteeg said, Friedli pulled out a gun and threatened to kill the man unless he opened the door.

The resident retreated and called police, while Friedli took off and hopped another fence before being subdued by a police dog, Versteeg said. Officers said they later found methamphetamine on Friedli, as well as a pellet gun near the scene, which they believe was used to threaten the resident, Versteeg said.

Friedli was booked on suspicion of terrorist threats, brandishing a firearm, burglary, drug possession and drug sales. He’s being held in San Joaquin County Jail without bail.

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