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Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Lodi

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Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 11:57 am

Police arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly severely beat his stepsister in Lodi on Monday evening, Lodi Police said.

When Lodi officers arrived around 7:15 p.m. in the 1300 block of South Church Street, James Short ran toward them and asked to be detained in the back of the squad car, while his stepsister was conscious but injured nearby, Lodi Police said.

Short, of Lathrop, who’s 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, allegedly told officers that if they didn’t arrest him, he’d kill his stepsister, said Lodi Police, adding that a phone call sparked the fight.

While driving with his stepsister, Short, who’d recently been released from San Joaquin Behavior Health Services, called his mother, asking if she could stay at her house. But his mother refused and Short grew enraged, police said.

He allegedly began punching and kicking his stepsister with the car still moving, police said. Someone saw the struggle, called the police and tried to intervene.

But Short allegedly dragged his stepsister out of the car and onto the sidewalk and continued beating her before police arrived.

Short was booked in Lodi Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and terrorist threats, while his stepsister was transported to Lodi Memorial Hospital with several skull fractures and deep bruising to her upper torso, police said. She’s since been transported to U.C. Davis Medical Center.

Short is currently being detained in San Joaquin County Jail and will be arraigned Thursday.

Contact reporter Kristopher Anderson at krisa@lodinews.com.

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