A man was arrested late Thursday night in connection to the hit-and-run death of a retired Stockton police detective.
Sergio Chavira, 57, was detained after he was found sleeping in his van outside a homeless shelter around 11:15 p.m. on Sonora and Harrison streets, Lt. Toby Will said. Chavira's van, a green Dodge Grand Caravan, matched the description of the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run death of 70-year-old Jimmy Pendergrass, police said.
Police were called to the scene by the shelter's security officers. After questioning Chavira, he was arrested and booked into San Joaquin County Jail for felony hit and run, Will said.
Police said Chavira is believed to be homeless and was living out of his van.