Melee breaks out at a South Shore liquor store |

Melee breaks out at a South Shore liquor store

William Ferchland
Elaine Goodman / Tahoe Daily Tribune / An employee at Al Tahoe Liquor surveys the damage after a fight broke out Wednesday night.

A man intent on confronting his ex-girlfriend’s boy-friend at a liquor store was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of charges ranging from battery to vandalism, authorities said.

Garrett Nicholson, 46, was booked into El Dorado County Jail at $15,000 bail after being treated at Barton Memorial Hospital for a cut to his hand, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

Nicholson allegedly waited for his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend at Al Tahoe Liquor on Harrison Avenue and chased the 40-year-old man outside then inside the store, where the melee occurred, the officer said.

Nicholson was arrested at the liquor store and treated at Barton Memorial Hospital.

Nicholson was charged with obstructing an officer, vandalism, battery and domestic violence.

In others news:

— Two men were arrested Sunday night on suspicion of robbing a man in a wheelchair with a knife, authorities said.

Clayton Garza, 19, and Kolby Fair, 20, were taken into custody after a security guard, using a description of the robbers aired on a radio, spotted the two walking near Julie Lane, a South Lake Tahoe police officer said.

A backpack belonging to the 61-year-old man was reportedly taken. Inside was money and prescription pills. The robbers brandished a knife when they encountered the man near Lake Tahoe Pizza Company.

Fair’s bail is $63,000 and Garza’s is $55,000 at El Dorado County Jail.

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