Tahoe crime recap: Scissor-wielding transient man arrested after hurling profanity, threats
May 25, 2017
Police arrested a shirtless transient man who allegedly threatened customers and an employee at the Raley's supermarket by the Y.
Officers initially responded on May 4 to a report of a transient male yelling and threatening people with scissors, according to Lt. David Stevenson of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
An employee first politely asked the 30-year-old man to be quiet and stop harassing customers. The request sparked a profane response from the transient man, which led the Raley's employee to call the police. The employee went back outside and asked the man to stop yelling, which did not elicit a positive response from the transient man, who proceeded to grab a pair of scissors.
"He said something to the effect of, 'You want to go? I'll f*** you up,'" Stevenson said while reading from the police report.
The employee continued to keep his distance as the man slowly approached him. The transient man ultimately left.
Police eventually arrived on the scene and searched the area. When they located the man, he told police that he did not do anything.
The Raley's employee, who informed police that he was genuinely afraid the man would harm him, confirmed that the man contacted by police was the same one who had been threatening people outside the grocery store.
Police arrested him — without incident — on charges of making criminal threats and exhibiting a weapon other than a firearm. The man is no longer in custody, according to a list of El Dorado County jail inmates.
Take me to the river
A man accused of burglary unsuccessfully attempted to evade police by trudging through a flooded marsh near Grocery Outlet and the Upper Truckee River.
Police were originally contacted just before 6:30 a.m. May 4 about a burglary at a vape shop in the 2300 block of Lake Tahoe Boulevard. A man dressed in black clothes was seen breaking the glass door in the front of the business before loading items into a shopping cart, according to Stevenson. Police and an El Dorado County sheriff deputy arrived on the scene at the same time.
A witness reported that the suspect fled and was heading toward Grocery Outlet. Police then contacted a suspect behind Grocery Outlet. He proceeded to flee on foot and police chased after him.
The 29-year-old suspect started wading through the swampy water between the store and the Upper Truckee River. He attempted to hide but officers spotted him swimming in neck-deep water.
Law enforcement started giving him orders and he complied. Officers walked him out of the water and placed him under arrest on charges of burglary and possession of burglary tools.
As of Tuesday, May 23, the man was still in custody at the El Dorado County jail in South Lake Tahoe, according to an online list of inmates. There was no bail amount listed for the man.
May my mistress come over?
An argument that ensued after a South Lake Tahoe man asked his wife if his mistress could come to their home escalated and ultimately led to the man's arrest on domestic violence charges.
The argument started at the couple's home in Tahoe Sierra, formerly known as the Sierra Tract neighborhood, around 10 p.m. on May 4. According to Stevenson, the verbal argument started after the husband asked if his mistress could come cover.
The argument escalated to violence and the wife suffered minor injuries. Police arrived on the scene but the husband had left. He was arrested the next morning.
Stevenson said the South Lake Tahoe Police Department has had numerous contacts with the 34-year-old man, although he would not say if any of those prior contacts were related to domestic violence.
The man is no longer in custody, according to a list of El Dorado County jail inmates.
40 ounce leads to arrest
A one-man party behind the Raley's in South Lake Tahoe came to an end when police observed him drinking from a paper bag.
An officer was on patrol when he noticed the 22-year-old South Lake Tahoe resident drinking from a brown paper bag that resembled the shape and size of a 40-ounce bottle, according to Stevenson. The patrol officer then discovered the man had a felony warrant for his arrest for failure to appear in court on a burglary charge.
The man was arrested on April 30 without incident. As of Tuesday, May 23, he was still in custody at the El Dorado County jail in South Lake Tahoe, according to an online list of inmates. There was no bail amount listed for the man.
Warrant for arrest
A South Lake Tahoe woman was arrested after an officer discovered she had a warrant for her arrest.
The police initially contacted the 49-year-old woman during a traffic stop. When the officer ran her name it turned up two warrants for her arrest. The warrants were due to the woman's failure to appear in court for a case in which she was charged with possession of stolen property.
The woman is no longer in custody, according to a list of El Dorado County jail inmates.
A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested May 2 for trespassing at an apartment complex on Moss Road.
The landlord returned to his unit at the complex and discovered the 41-year-old man inside. The man left and the landlord called police. An officer located the suspect at the 7 Eleven off Pioneer Trail and searched him. The officer recovered a concealed knife and drug paraphernalia and arrested him. The man was compliant during the arrest. He has since been released.
Assaulting casino security
A man was arrested on the California side of the state line after he assaulted a security guard at Harrah's Lake Tahoe.
The 18-year-old apparently got into a fight with a security guard on May 7. Authorities with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office — whose jurisdiction the casino is located in — tracked the man to an address on Pine Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. Since the location was outside of the sheriff's office jurisdiction, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department conducted the arrest. The man complied and was booked into the El Dorado County jail.