FAIRFIELD — An Isleton man accused of stealing an elderly couple’s Chevrolet Tahoe at gunpoint before botching an armed robbery attempt in Suisun City pleaded not guilty Thursday to attempted murder, attempted robbery and making criminal threats charges.
Brian J. Lemke, 34, was ordered to return to court Sept. 20 for a probable cause hearing. Judge Dwight Ely ordered Lemke to remain in jail unless he can post $750,000 bail.
Lemke allegedly confronted the couple Tuesday evening outside of Walnut Grove and stole their Tahoe. About an hour later he walked into a Marina Boulevard convenience store in Suisun City, brandished a shotgun that he repeatedly tried without success to fire, according to police.
The store clerk got the license plate number of the getaway vehicle, which authorities tied to the earlier theft.
Solano County Sheriff’s Deputy Jaime Garcia spotted the Tahoe and Lemke on eastbound Interstate 80 near Lagoon Valley Road around 10 p.m. Garcia followed Lemke into Vacaville where Lemke was stopped and arrested. Deputies said they found a 12-gauge shotgun and a rifle in the Tahoe.
Prosecutors in Sacramento County have not yet filed charges against Lemke.
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