Fight leads to charge of attempted murder |

Fight leads to charge of attempted murder

An Olympic Valley man was arrested on attempted murder charges after he allegedly used his car to drag a man through a parking lot.

Placer County sheriff’s deputies said Matthew David Haff, 28, and Thomas Hans Berenbak Jr., 31, of Tahoe City got into a confrontation in the Squaw Valley ski resort parking lot on Saturday.

Berenbak later approached Haff while he was in his vehicle. Deputies said witnesses told them that Haff struck Berenbak with his vehicle and dragged him about one-quarter mile across the parking lot before he became dislodged from the vehicle near the post office.

Berenbak was taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee before being airlifted to Washoe Medical Center. He sustained abdominal injuries, fractured ribs and a broken leg, according to deputies.

In other news:

n An unknown amount of rolled coins in boxes were taken from a safe at Mountain Peak Bar and Restaurant at the top of the tram at Heavenly Ski Resort, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

Someone forced their way into the restaurant and safe. Bottles of alcohol were also taken during the raid, the deputy said.

Snowboard bootprints were followed down the mountain to the area of Keller Road east of Saddle Road.

Banks and casinos were advised of the large amount of rolled coins taken and hotels were asked to watch for the coin boxes and wrappers in trash receptacles, the deputy said.

Anybody with information on the matter should call Detective Steve Fleischmann at (530) 573-3015

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