Assailant in knife attack remains at large |

Assailant in knife attack remains at large

Elaine Goodman and Adam Jensen
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Georgia, left, and Joseph Silva of South Lake Tahoe appear in El Dorado County Superior Court on Thursday afternoon. Both face a felony charge of assault likely to produce great bodily injury, with a hate crime enhancement, in an alleged attack on a man of East Indian descent on El Dorado Beach on July 14. On Thursday, a preliminary hearing in the case was rescheduled for Oct. 9.

An argument between passers-by in the state line area resulted in a man being slashed with a knife across his chest and arm on Aug. 24, police said.

The victim – a Polish man in his 20s living in South Lake Tahoe for a work program – had left the casinos around 4:30 a.m. and was walking in the area of State Line and Cedar avenues with a friend.

Two men approached, and an argument ensued that led to a fight, said South Lake Tahoe Police Sgt. Jeff Reagan.

During the scuffle, one man said “I told you I was going to stab you,” or something to that effect, and the victim noticed a knife with approximately a two-inch blade and injuries to his chest and bicep, according to a police report.

The man’s injuries were treated with stitches and staples, police said.

The assailant was described as a white man, 25 to 30 years old, 6 feet, 150 pounds, with brown, curly hair that reached his collar bone, and wearing a dark gray or black T-shirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call South Lake Tahoe Police Detective Bryan Kuhlmann at (530) 542-6133.

In other news:

A white Chevrolet van heading west toward Echo Summit on Highway 50 crashed into the mountainside at about 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, sending seven people, ages 19 to 24, to the hospital.

Five occupants of the van, including the 21-year-old female driver, were transported by ambulance to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe with injuries ranging from small cuts to complaints of pain, according to Officer Jeff Gartner, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.

Two others were airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno with leg, hip and back injuries.

One passenger in the vehicle was uninjured.

No other vehicles were involved and it is unknown what caused the crash, Gartner said.

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