South Lake battery suspect arrested in casino restroom |

South Lake battery suspect arrested in casino restroom

Staff Reports

The brother of the man who killed four people at the Carson City IHOP was arrested in Stateline on Sunday morning in connection with a domestic battery that happened earlier in the morning.

Israel Sencion Gonzalez, 38, was taken into custody at 9:30 a.m. by Douglas County deputies and South Lake Tahoe police after he was found hiding in the restroom at the Mont Bleu Casino.

Police responded at about 2 a.m. to the 2500 block of Elwood Avenue on a report of a domestic disturbance.

When they arrived, they found the 29-year-old female victim with bruising and swelling on her left eye and blood on her shirt. She told officers Gonzalez had battered her during a verbal argument. Gonzalez had fled the scene prior to police arrival. The victim also reported being in fear from further physical violence from Gonzalez due to him having a deteriorating mental state.

Sencion Gonzales is listed along with his brother Eduardo Sencion, 32, on partnership paperwork for the family-owned Mi Pueblo Market in South Lake Tahoe. The paperwork lists Sencion Gonzales’ address as being in the 2500 block of Elwood Avenue in South Lake Tahoe.

On Sept. 6, Eduardo Sencion walked into the Carson City IHOP and opened fire, shooting some 60 rounds from a fully-automatic weapon. Four people were killed and seven injured before Eduardo Sencion shot himself in the head in the parking lot.

Investigators said Eduardo Sencion was diagnosed as schizophrenic when he was 18.

Laney said Sencion Gonzales’ girlfriend reported he’d become increasingly upset since his brother’s death.