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Lodi police apprehend wanted felon after search

By Bea Ahbeck/News-Sentinel Cheif Photographer

Lodi Police apprehended suspect Robert Lee Delima Saturday evening after he was found hiding in the backyard of a home on Jackson Street.

"He was hiding in a shed on a box that contained the woman's tortoise," said Sgt. Sean Blandford. Delima was wanted on a felony warrant for a sex offense.

"I saw him running down the street, a cop car came maybe 30 seconds later," said a woman in the neighborhood who did not wish to be identified.

The pursuit started around 4 p.m., according to Sgt. Blandford, after he ran from officer Welton, who had spotted Delima walking in the area by Aladdin Way. He took off running when he saw the police, Sgt Blandford said.

More officers quickly responded to assist officer Welton. As police tried to establish a perimeter around that area, police were told by bystanders in the area that he had run through Glaves Park. Following the directions of the bystanders, they spotted Delima again. When he saw police he ran into a backyard, Sgt. Blandford said.

Officers formed a perimeter around the neighborhood block as four officers, including a K9 unit, methodically searched the backyards. The search lasted a little over two hours.

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