Beating leads to attempted murder charge
A brutal attack, early Friday morning, left one South Lake Tahoe man with severe head injuries and another under arrest for attempted murder, police said.
William Reynolds, 18, voluntarily surrendered himself to South Lake Tahoe Police investigators Friday morning. Reynolds reportedly got into a fight with the 23-year-old man, at the man’s home in the Sierra Tract, during a party Thursday night. The argument was not major, and Reynolds, Robert Avila, 26, and a 14-year-old boy left the party shortly after, police said.
Around 3:30 a.m. Reynolds allegedly returned to the party on Armstrong Avenue and attacked the 23-year-old outside of his home. Witnesses told police that Reynolds’ first blow knocked the man to the ground, where Reynolds continued to punch the man repeatedly in the head. Police said they believe Avila and the 14-year-old were also involved in the attack.
Police found the man unconscious and bleeding from the head. He was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, where doctors attempted to relieve swelling on his brain. On Friday, the 23-year-old was listed in serious, but stable condition in the hospital’s intensive care unit. On Sunday, he was still listed in stable condition.
Police claim that the threesome also found trouble in between their visits to the party on Armstrong Avenue. Two boys, 16 and 13, both from Idaho, told police that around 10:30 p.m. Thursday they were approached by two men and a teen-ager at the corner of Carson and Palmira Avenues. The boys said the three threatened them and took their money, a total of $7, and a watch. After being allowed to leave, the boys hailed a police officer passing through the area.
After his arrest, Reynolds told police the 14-year-old had believed that the two Idaho teen-agers were rivals who had threatened him in the past.
Avila was arrested, in connection with the robbery, Saturday at 12:43 a.m. at a relative’s house on the 1100 block of Blue Lake Ave. Police said he admitted to the robbery but did not say if he was involved with the beating. He was taken to the El Dorado County Jail. Bail is set at $42,500.
On Sunday, police were still searching for the 14-year-old to question him in connection with the beating and robbery.
Reynolds is being held in the El Dorado County Jail on a no bail warrant. Arraignment for Reynolds and Avila is scheduled for today or Tuesday.
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