Man may have started fight with gang |

Man may have started fight with gang

Gregory Crofton

A man pushed from his home on Sonora Avenue last week by gang members may have been the one to make the first push.

Police interviewed witnesses who say Rick Kilgoar flashed signs in the neighborhood that indicated he was from a rival gang, Norteno, out of Stockton, Calif., and may start his own at South Lake Tahoe.

On April 30, Kilgoar, his girlfriend and their 4-year-old daughter packed and moved from a home they rented at 1128 Sonora Avenue.

That day they called the Tahoe Daily Tribune and said young gang members had spray-painted their car and thrown rocks at their home. Kilgoar said he heard several times that the rocks would keep coming until he moved. He said finally decided to move for the sake of their daughter.

Wednesday night Kilgoar could not be reached for comment.

“We know most of the kids who are involved in these things,” said South Lake Tahoe Police Cmdr. Bart Owens. “We have a pretty clear picture what caused this whole thing and we do have a handle on it.”

Owens said it has been difficult to identify the rock throwers, but he said police may make an arrest related to the case soon.

Right now police say gang-related activity at South Lake Tahoe is in a lull.

“I don’t want to tell the community there is no gang problem, but when anything flares up we are very diligent and we jump all over it,” Owens said. “Before this ever happened, we knew who these kids are and in the past we’ve made numerous arrests of gang members and leaders of gangs.”

About 10 years ago police broke up a 12-person gang at South Shore that represented Southside 13. Officers formed a task force to combat the gang.

“If they were on the street in twos or three, police were watching them,” Owens said.

Then a shooting put the gang leader in prison, where he is today.

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