San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY 222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371
TORI VERBER SALAZAR District Attorney Scott A. Fichtner Assistant District Attorney Kristine M. Reed Assistant District Attorney James Bojko Chief Investigator
News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar
For Immediate Release
January 28, 2020
CONTACT: Angela Hayes, Deputy District Attorney
T: (209) 468-2400 | E: Angela.Hayes@sjcda.org

Man Convicted of Stalking Several Women at Trinity Parkway Shopping Center

Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that on Monday January 27, 2020, a San Joaquin County jury found Adrian Lai, age 29, guilty of the following charges:

  • Count 1: Penal Code §647.6(a) Felony [Stalking] – Verdict of Guilty
  • Count 2: Penal Code §647.6(a) Felony [Stalking] – Verdict of Guilty
  • Count 5: PC 647.6(a) Felony [Stalking] – Verdict of Guilty

The People dismissed a count before the jury took it under consideration. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on Count 4, Penal Code §148(a)(1) Misdemeanor [Resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer] and found him not guilty on Count 6, Penal Code §647.6(a) Misdemeanor [Annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18]. Judge Bernard Garber of the San Joaquin County Superior Court will sentence Mr. Lai on February 21, 2020. He is facing a maximum of 4 years and 4 months in prison. The People are also seeking that Mr. Lai be required to register as a sex offender.

“Stalking is threatening behavior which is emotionally trying on the victims who fear for their safety.” said District Attorney Verber Salazar. “We hope these victims can find some peace of mind with this verdict.”

According to court records, in April 2019, Mr. Lai approached one of the victims at the Arco Gas Station in Trinity Parkway Shopping Center. The victim, 7 months pregnant, was pumping gas when Mr. Lai drove by her and asked if she was single. The victim laughed and said “no.” The following month, the victim was shopping at Wal-Mart in Trinity Park Shopping Center with some family members when she noticed Mr. Lai. He was standing a few feet from her and stated

“Hey, are you single?” The victim laughed and said “Didn’t we already have this conversation?” Mr. Lai said “No.” Victim stated, “No, I am not.” Mr. Lai continued to follow the victim so she decided to leave. She rushed to her vehicle, got in, and when she turned on her headlights she saw Mr. Lai in his vehicle staring directly at her. He then left.

She then went to the same Arco station where she had previously encountered Mr. Lai. While pumping gas, the defendant drove into Arco and circled her four times. She then called her step-father to come to the gas station and would not leave until he arrived. Mr. Lai remained in the area biding his time by going through the car wash and cleaning the inside of his vehicle. The victim’s sister took a video of Mr. Lai’s car and he queried as to why she was recording him. The victim exclaimed “Well, why are you following me?!” Mr. Lai said he was not, laughed and finally left. The last time victim encountered Mr. Lai was on July 4, 2019, while at her biological father’s house in Lodi. He drove past the house twice.

Mr. Lai began stalking the second victim at a local business in the Trinity Parkway Shopping Center in May or June of 2019. He followed the victim as she walked to work and asked if she was married. She responded yes. Within a week or two, Mr. Lai again, approached her in his vehicle and asked if she were married. This time she ignored him. A few weeks later, while eating lunch in her car, the Mr. Lai pulled into the space next to her, got out of his car and knocked on her passenger side window. She did not acknowledge Mr. Lai. He then walked around the front of her vehicle and began banging on the driver’s side window with his fist while repeating, “I’m talking to you!” Victim rolled the down the window less than an inch and asked Mr. Lai why he kept bothering her. Mr. Lai stated “I wanted to know if you’re married.” Victim stated “Stop bothering me, you’re scaring me.” Mr. Lai responded, “Well, are you married?” Victim said, “Yes, I’m married” and rolled up the window. Mr. Lai eventually left but she took a picture of his vehicle as he did so. A few weeks later, victim was driving toward Highway 99 and

observed Mr. Lai following her. She was able to lose him in traffic. The third victim testified that she first encountered Mr. Lai in 2013 or 2014 at her previous employment. She testified that Mr. Lai would repeatedly ask several females in the business for dates, but they declined and told him they were not interested. In the summer of 2019, in the area of the Trinity Parkway Shopping Center, Mr. Lai approached her in his car and asked if she was single. This occurred on at least six separate occasions. Eventually, she took took a photograph of his vehicle and license plate. Mr. Lai was angered by this, followed her into Starbucks and confronted her. The police were called and he fled. Each victim testified that they were in fear of Mr. Lai and terrified of what he might do. The jury validated their fear and found him guilty of stalking these women.

During the trial, two additional victims testified regarding their past contact with Mr. Lai in 2012. One of which resulted in a misdemeanor conviction for stalking. He was also previously convicted of a misdemeanor carrying a concealed firearm charge.

District Attorney Verber Salazar would like to thank Deputy District Attorney Nicole DeVencenzi who successfully prosecuted this case. She would also like to acknowledge the hard work and effort put forth by Detective Pillar Battaglini with the Stockton Police Child Abuse/Sexual Assault Unit, Officer Dan Grauman with the Stockton Police Department, and District Attorney Investigator Cindy Moore during their investigating of this case.