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Ceres man charged with assaulting employees during attempted carjacking
Lucas Lee
Lucas Lee

A 26-year-old Ceres man who has repeatedly been in trouble with the law on Monday morning was arrested after allegedly trying to steal a vehicle behind Save Mart and assaulting employees trying to stop him.

Lucas Lee was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on several felony charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, attempted carjacking, robbery and making criminal threats.

At 7:11 a.m., officers were dispatched to the loading dock area behind Save Mart in the 2900 block of Whitmore Avenue where Lee was attacking store employees with a two-by-four with screws sticking out of the end. Officer Christian Izquierdo arrived with police canine “Banner.” An agitated Lee began advancing on Officer Izquierdo in a threatening manner but he complied with officers once Banner was summoned out of the vehicle. Lee was detained.

Police learned that Lee was attempting to steal a delivery truck at the loading dock and when confronted, took several swings at the employee and chased him into the store, where he continued attacking more employees. At least one person was struck. Lee then ran out to the loading dock, threatening more employees until the police arrived and took Lee into custody.

Lee was arrested Jan. 5 for carrying “brass” knuckles, considered a dangerous weapon. On Nov. 16 he was arrested on vandalism charges after he allegedly threw a bicycle through his mother’s front glass window and tried to climb through it.