Men injured in Stateline attack; authorities seek information
March 13, 2009
Authorities are asking the public for information regarding a Feb. 28 assault on two men near a Stateline casino at Lake Tahoe.
The attack, which authorities say left one victim with severe head trauma, happened between 1 and 1:30 a.m. near Bill’s Casino.
The two men exited out a back door at Bill’s Casino, and were walking through the alley between Bill’s and Harrah’s, when they were attacked by a group of six to eight men traveling in a light-colored full-size SUV, possibly a Ford Excursion or Chevy Suburban, said Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Halsey.
According to a deputy’s report, someone from inside the SUV told the men to “get out of the road.” The victims responded by saying they weren’t in the road, but in an alley. The SUV stopped. According to a report by a sheriff’s deputy, a man told the victims that “we are locals, this is our town, we are going to take care of you.”
The group then allegedly attacked and started punching the other two males. One of the victims was knocked down and struck his head on the ground, resulting in a contusion and bleeding on the brain, Halsey said.
The other victim was allegedly punched several times, knocked down, and placed in a headlock. The assailants then continued to punch him several more times, Halsey said.
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During the attack, one of the victims heard one of the men say “go for his wallet, fool” at which time he felt someone reach into his pocket and take his wallet, Halsey said. The wallet, containing identification and credit cards in the name of Jonathan Lamar, was stolen, Halsey added.
An off-duty security guard approached the group and broke them up, at which time the assailants fled back to their SUV and drove away, he said. The SUV turned onto Highway 50 in an unknown direction, Halsey said.
Suspects in the case had not been identified or located.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people involved in this incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Dennis Slater at (775) 586-7257, or call Douglas County Secret Witness at (775) 586-7295. There is a reward of $750.