Assailants in black pickup sought
July 29, 2009
A 23-year-old Watsonville man reported being punched and robbed by two assailants over the weekend.
About 9:20 a.m. on Sunday, the man told police he was walking in the dirt area across from Manzanita Avenue when a black 1990s Chevrolet full-size extended cab pickup truck with tinted windows pulled up along side him, said South Lake Tahoe police Lt. Marty Hale.
Two men got out of the truck, and the driver allegedly punched the man in the face while demanding his belongings, Hale said.
After the man gave the men his wallet and cell phone, the driver of the vehicle then allegedly punched the man in the face a second time, Hale said.
Both of the men then got into the truck and sped away, Hale said.
The man suffered swelling to his face as a result of the alleged robbery, but declined immediate medical attention, Hale said.
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The driver of the vehicle is described by police as an approximately 6 foot tall man in his mid-20s with a medium build. The man was wearing blue jeans and a black T-shirt at the time of the alleged incident, Hale said.
The passenger is described as a an approximately 6 foot 4 inch man in his mid-20s with a thin build, Hale said.
– A small fire that broke out Monday evening near Fallen Leaf Road was quickly extinguished, and investigators are working to determine its cause.
The fire was reported about 6:10 p.m. and was about 200 feet off Fallen Leaf Road, approximately 21⁄2 miles down the road from Highway 89. It grew to about 50-by-50 feet before firefighters extinguished it around 6:40 p.m., said Josh Kimball, seasonal firefighter with the Fallen Leaf Fire Department.
The fire burned in a wooded area with “light fuels,” Kimball said.
Five engines and a battalion chief responded to the blaze, including personnel from the Fallen Leaf Fire Department, Cal Fire, U.S. Forest Service and South Lake Tahoe Fire Department.
The fire’s cause is being investigated by the U.S. Forest Service, Kimball said.
– El Dorado County Animal Services is searching for the owner of a dog that allegedly bit a woman at about 6 p.m. on Saturday near the parking lot at Kiva Beach.
The woman sustained minor injuries from the bite, according to a statement form El Dorado County.
The woman encountered the dog near the Dumpsters by the parking lot, according to a statement. The woman described the dog as a larger size Akita or Mastiff, with gray coloring and a darker face, wearing a black collar with tags, according to the statement.
The dog ran away before the woman could see any information on the tags.
Animal Services would like to speak to the owner of the dog to verify that the dog is current on its rabies vaccination so that the woman does not have to go through post-exposure rabies treatments.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Animal Services at (530) 573-7925.
– About 10:45 p.m. on Sunday, El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 37-year-old man on suspicion of indecent exposure and public intoxication after someone reported seeing a nude man running on the dock at the Beacon Bar and Grill, according to a sheriff’s log.
Deputies responded to a sail boat tied to the dock. The reporting party identified an occupant of the boat as the man he had seen running on the pier, according to the log.
A 25-year-old woman who was with the man was also booked for public intoxication, according to the log.
– Tribune Managing Editor Elaine Goodman contributed to this story.