Four men were arrested Sunday after police said they refused to comply with officers in the gang enforcement team.
Several subjects were drinking beer at around 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the front yard of a residence on the 700 block of Garfield Street, at an address where Norteño gang members are known to congregate, according to Sgt. Doug Chinn of the Lodi Police Department.
The drinkers were too close to the street and in violation of the city's open container law, according to Chinn. When officers tried to detain the violators, the men refused to comply, police said.
Christian Li Sojo, 19, resisted when an officer attempted to detain him. The officer was forced to pull Li Sojo's hands behind his back to arrest him, police said.
While the officer was busy with Li Sojo, Fernando Del Toro, 22, approached the officer from behind while reaching to the small of his back, said Chinn. Another detective on scene feared Del Toro was armed, so he pointed his firearm at Del Toro and ordered him to the ground before taking him into custody, police said. Del Toro was not armed, according to Chinn.
Two other men were also arrested for interfering with a lawful arrest, after jeering at the officers and encouraging Del Toro and Li Sojo to resist arrest, according to Chinn.
Jaime Guerrerro and Brau llio Oropeza were arrested on charges of public intoxication and interfering with an arrest.
Del Toro and Li Sojo both faces charges of resisting arrest and being drunk in public.
Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews. com.