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The Marin County District Attorney’s Office decided today not to prosecute a San Jose man who allegedly tried to poison his girlfriend at a San Rafael care facility with highly-chlorinated water pending further investigation. San Rafael police arrested Robert Lewis Lochridge, 67, on Saturday for attempted murder, poisoning or adulterating a food, drink or medicine likely to cause great bodily injury, and cruelty to a dependent adult. Deputy District Attorney Charles Cacciatore said Lochridge did not appear in court today and will be released this evening from the Marin County jail where he was being held under $500,000 bail. Cacciatore said the district attorney’s office and San Rafael police will conduct “a complete and thorough investigation to determine whether charges will be filed.” “We have other avenues to explore and we will do it painstakingly and accurately,” Cacciatore said. Cacciatore said there will be more chemical tests of the water and an investigation of Lochridge’s lifestyle.
Lochridge told his 63-year-old girlfriend the bottles he brought her in the Northgate Care Center contained water with vitamins and minerals, police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher said. Lochridge also brought his girlfriend a mini-refrigerator to store the bottles at the care center at 40 Professional Center Parkway, Rohrbacher said. An employee at the care center noticed water in one of the bottles looked discolored, Rohrbacher said. The care facility tested the water and discovered it contained chlorine, Rohrbacher said. San Rafael police also had a sample of the water tested at a swimming pool supply business and it also tested positive for chlorine, Rohrbacher said. The water bottles and the refrigerator have been taken into evidence, and a forensic lab will test the water in the bottles, Rohrbacher said. Lochridge was cooperative when San Rafael police arrested him at his home and brought him back to San Rafael, Rohrbacher said.
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