Pair sought in South Lake Tahoe robbery |

Pair sought in South Lake Tahoe robbery

by Adam Jensen
Surveillance footage shows one of two men suspected of a South Shore robbery last week.
Provided to the Tribune |

South Lake Tahoe police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men suspected of robbing a man near Whiskey Dick’s Saloon last week.

Police responded to the bar about 2 a.m. July 10 following a report of the incident, which took place after a 25-year-old South Lake Tahoe man became involved in a confrontation with the men, according to a Tuesday statement from police.

The alleged victim left the bar to avoid a confrontation, but the men followed him to the rear of the neighboring laundromat and assaulted him, according to police.

“The victim reported to police that the suspects battered him, punching him 10-20 times, and stole his skateboard,” according to the statement. “Both suspects were last seen fleeing eastbound through the meadow toward William Avenue. The victim had blood on his face, but refused any medical attention at the scene.”

The skateboard is valued at more than $200. Police are not releasing further details about the incident due to investigative concerns.

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic man with a beard who is between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches tall and between 30 and 35 years old. He is heavyset and was wearing a backward black baseball hat at the time of the incident. The second suspect is described as a white man with a scruffy beard who is also between 30 and 35 years old. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and camouflage baseball hat at the time of the alleged robbery.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call 530-542-6100.

In other news

An ex-Marine who served in Iraq is believed to have killed himself Friday in a wooded area off Sherman Way in South Lake Tahoe, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said Friday evening.

The sheriff’s office received information that a suicidal man was in the forest near Heavenly Mountain Resort. The man had reportedly posted a Facebook video of himself, which depicted him in this forested area, leaving a message to his family. In the video, the man also gave the GPS coordinates of his location, police said. Other recent Facebook postings reportedly depicted the man with a handgun, wearing a military gas mask, possessing a .308 sniper rifle and military backpack. Police learned that the man was an ex-Marine who had served in Iraq, was despondent and had left his residence Thursday night with the rifle, handgun and backpack.

Due to the risk to public safety, the El Dorado Sheriff’s SWAT Team responded to the area to locate the subject.

With the assistance of a California Highway Patrol helicopter, the man was located dead in a wooded area off Sherman Way. He had apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. The rifle and handgun were recovered at the scene. The victim was identified as a 25-year-old from Fremont, Calif.

Tribune editor Trisha Leonard contributed to this story.