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Up Against the Wall: Criminal mischief, Halloween party stabbing, machete-wielding woman

Jack Barnwell

Editor’s note: Up Against the Wall features alleged criminal behavior from around Lake Tahoe’s South Shore. Information comes from local law enforcement news releases.

Halloween ‘Bandits’ arrested

South Lake Tahoe saw an increase of criminal antics around the Halloween holiday.

Around midnight on Saturday, Oct. 31, occupants of two vehicles allegedly donned blue bandanas as they drove to the end of Spruce Avenue, near Ski Run Boulevard.

South Lake Tahoe plainclothes police officers tailed both cars to their location, and they detained five South Lake Tahoe men and two juveniles during a search.

Contraband wasn’t the run-of-the-mill trick-or-treat loot, but marijuana and alcohol. They also found a small arsenal of weapons.

Weapons included a stun gun, switchblade, metal bat, brass knuckles and a concealed, loaded .22 caliber pistol with extra loaded magazines.

All seven individuals were arrested for alleged illegal possession of weapons and the delinquency of minors.


A Halloween party at a Silverwood Circle vacation rental ended sharply for one man after he was stabbed during a fight with several other people on Saturday, Oct. 31.

The injured man escaped in his car but was followed by two other vehicles. In an attempt to stop those following him, he said he rammed one of the cars with his vehicle. He then drove to Lakeview Avenue, abandoned his car and attempted to flee on foot before collapsing from his injuries.

Local residents called the police department, thinking the car collision was alcohol-related. Officers responded to the scene, found the injured man and he was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The investigation took officers back to the vacation home. However, no suspects were located.

South Lake Tahoe Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in the investigation. People can contact the department at 530-542-6100 or call Lake Tahoe Secret Witness at 530-541-6800.


A South Lake Tahoe man got an early morning surprise on Saturday, Oct. 24, when he answered a knock at his front door.

He alleged to police officers that a machete-wielding woman confronted him, demanded money, then charged him. The woman was familiar to him. A scramble over the weapon ensued before the man slammed the door on the woman. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the house, where they located the man, who suffered cuts on both arms during the struggle.

Based on information from the injured man, deputies visited the woman. They found her with injuries, along with the machete.

The woman faces allegations of assault with a deadly weapon and police took the machete as evidence. She was later released on a $25,000 bond.


El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office investigators arrested a South Lake Tahoe man Thursday, Oct. 26., for allegations of automotive insurance fraud.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, the arrest followed a two-month investigation by the California Bureau of Automotive Repair.

The District Attorney’s office noted that the suspect reportedly moved to the South Lake Tahoe area from Texas after a July hailstorm. Investigators alleged that he set up shop on Fifth Street and began a false billing scheme “in which he would be paid by insurance companies for new parts to be installed on hail-damaged vehicles but would instead perform paint-less dent repair.”

The man was booked into El Dorado County Jail on a $60,000 bail. He posted bail with a promise to appear in court.

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