Three assaults on women in South Lake Tahoe over the last year possibly connected |

Three assaults on women in South Lake Tahoe over the last year possibly connected

A composite sketch of the assault suspect.
Courtesy / South Lake Tahoe Police Department |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Three assaults on women in South Lake Tahoe over the last year may be connected, say officials at the South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

“Although we are uncertain of a connection at this point, the suspect description, methods of operation and victim profiles are similar enough to merit this public notice,” said a release Thursday, July 28, by the department.

The most recent physical assault took place Monday, July 25, when a Hispanic male grabbed a woman in the laundry room of the Lakeland Village condominium complex at 3535 Lake Tahoe Blvd. He attempted to drag her into a vacant storage closet. The victim resisted and was able to escape, but the suspect made off on foot with her purse.

The next day, another woman was approached by a Hispanic male on a dark-colored BMX bike while in the driveway of her Ski Run Boulevard residence.

“While initiating a brief conversation the suspect used similar speech and unusually assertive mannerisms consistent with the suspect at Lakeland Village,” the report continued.

The suspect told the woman he was 18 years old and his name was Robert, according to police. The woman told the suspect that her family was inside the house, and he left quickly. She was able to complete a composite sketch with a forensic artist.

Last October a similar incident was reported, say police officials.

“A female was walking on Park Avenue when she was approached by a Hispanic male on a bicycle. The Hispanic male told the female victim that he had a gun, and told the victim to come with him. The victim was able to run away from the suspect in this case,” read the release.

In all three cases, the suspect is described as an 18- to 30-year-old Hispanic male, roughly 5 feet 4 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a small to medium build, medium-length dark hair and no facial hair.

Though officials say there is a chance that these cases are unrelated, given the similarities — some of which are being withheld to safeguard investigative efforts — the department believes it may involve the same suspect.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call South Lake Tahoe Police Department at 530-542-6100. To remain anonymous, call Lake Tahoe Secret Witness at 530-541-6800 and reference case #1607-2735 and detective Jake Herminghaus.

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