Beating victim in a coma |

Beating victim in a coma

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Kevin Robinson, a U.S. Air Force member, is in a coma and supported by a ventilator after a group of up to eight men attacked Robinson and a friend on the corner of Poplar and Cedar avenues, South Lake Police Department authorities said.

Robinson and Rick Mata, both stationed at Beale Air Force Base in Marysville, Calif., were walking from the casino corridor to La Baer Inn at 4133 Highway 50 on Sunday. The two encountered the group of males and a female about 3:30 a.m., authorities said.

An argument ensued and a fight broke out. Robinson was struck several times in the head by feet and fists and was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital before being transported by helicopter to Washoe Medical Center, authorities said.

Mata was treated and released at the scene.

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In other news:

— Two South Lake Tahoe bike officers saw Fidel Contreras, 34, practicing his skills with nunchucks. It is a felony to possess such a weapon and Contreras was taken into custody for possession of a deadly weapon, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department said.

— For the third time in a month, unknown suspects took beer from an alcohol cart parked in the maintenance yard at Lake Tahoe Golf Course, the El Dorado Sheriff’s Department said. This time it was 80 beers, of various brands, worth $80, a deputy said.

The crime took place sometime between 8 p.m. on Tuesday and 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. The suspects reportedly climbed a fence to get to the cart.

— A woman ignored a knock on her door Sunday and was startled to see a juvenile male sifting through her purse when she entered the living room a couple of minutes later, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department said.

The male said he was looking for a name because his football landed in the backyard, authorities said. She told him to leave her residence on the 2000 block of Colombia Court and he did.

Several hours later, her husband saw the same juvenile knocking on a neighbor’s door. He asked the teenager if he found the ball, but the juvenile ran into the woods.

The juvenile is described as 130 pounds, 5-foot-6, brown curly hair and was wearing a white jersey with the number 17 on it.

— Erica Klitcher, a 24-year-old mountain bike patroller at Kirkwood Ski Resort, had her $1,500 Cannondale mountain bike stolen from the top of her Honda, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department said.

The theft took place at the rear of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe east parking lot between 1 p.m. Monday and 1 p.m. Tuesday, a deputy said. The rack was not damaged.

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