On September 25 at approximately 12:06 AM, Lodi Police Department officers responded to Eagle Place near Century Blvd for a call of a disturbance in which a female was reported to have been stabbed or shot.
Officers arrived on scene and found an unresponsive 25-year-old, pregnant female, suffering from a stab wound. Despite life-saving measures the female succumbed to her injuries. A 22-year-old male was also found on scene suffering from a non-life threatening laceration to the head.
Detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The crime scene was processed and canvassed for witnesses and video surveillance. As LPD is in the preliminary stages of the investigation there are no details regarding a suspect or motive available at this time. LPD will provide updates as they become available.
The victim’s identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification.
LPD is asking for anyone with information regarding this homicide to contact the Lodi Police Department at (209) 333-6727 or Detective Blythe at (209) 333-5545 or [email protected]. You can also contact the Lodi Area Crimestoppers at (209) 369-2746 or www.369crime.com to remain anonymous (you may also be eligible for a Crimestoppers reward of up to $1000). Please reference Lodi PD Case #22-6333.
***9/26/22 UPDATE @ 1128 HRS***
The victim in this case has been identified as Jessie Martinez, a 25 year old Lodi resident. Martinez was reported to have been approximately 4-months pregnant. The unborn child unfortunately passed away as well. The case is being investigated as a double homicide.
The 22-year-old male, who was reported to be Martinez’s boyfriend, and the unborn child’s father, was treated at a local hospital for lacerations to his face that occurred during this incident. He has since been released from the hospital, and he has been eliminated as a potential suspect.
This incident does not appear to be random, as it seems to have stemmed from a series of altercations that occurred during a house party at the victim’s residence on the same night as the incident. LPD is still actively following up leads.
***9/26/22 UPDATE @ 1419 HRS***
A 16-year-old female has been arrested in this case. She will be booked into the Peterson Juvenile Hall for 187 PC – Homicide. LPD Detectives are still currently investigating this case, and we will update with additional information as it becomes available.