‘Not guilty’ plea in Tahoe City stabbing
August 23, 2005
Truckee resident Timothy George Brooks pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the stabbing death of Robert Lawrence Ash on Aug. 17 in Tahoe City.
Ash, 48, died at Washoe Medical Center in Reno. Ash’s kidney, liver and renal artery were hit when he was stabbed one time, according to Sgt. Dan Ingalls of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.
Police say Brooks, 25, stabbed Ash with a 5-inch blade in front of Syd’s Bagelry in Tahoe City the morning of Aug. 17. He was booked at Placer County Jail in Tahoe City and then transferred to Auburn, where he remains in custody without bail. He was arraigned Tuesday, and a Sept. 1 status conference was set.
Ash was driving on Highway 89, north of Squaw Valley Road, when sheriff’s investigators say he cut off Brooks. The incident angered Brooks to the point that he searched for Ash for 30 minutes until he found Ash sitting in front of Syd’s Bagelry in Tahoe City, according to Ingalls. A verbal argument reportedly turned into a fight and ended in the stabbing.
Ash was transported by ambulance to Tahoe Forest Hospital for emergency surgery and then transferred to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, where he died later that night. Brooks was arrested without incident at the scene, according to sheriff’s officers.
Ash’s family and friends gathered at Heritage Park, the site where Ash was stabbed, Tuesday morning for a memorial service to celebrate the life of the Newcastle, Calif., man. He also had a home in Tahoe Donner in Truckee, which he shared with his wife, Mimi, and their 14-year-old son, Bobby. Ash, a developer, was building a 34-unit townhome project on Palisades Drive in Truckee, his wife said.
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Mimi Ash described her husband of 22 years as a fun-loving and talented man who enjoyed skiing, cooking, the arts and music.
“Bob loved everything that had to do with life,” she said. “Bob loved people and people loved Bob.”
He was also close to his son.
“They were best buddies,” Mimi Ash said. “He was his ski coach, his mentor. They did everything together.”
Ash was born in Concord, Calif., in 1957, and moved to Incline Village in 1968, where he graduated from Incline High School in 1976. He attended the University of Nevada, Reno. He has lived in Carmel, the Bay Area and Sacramento.
Mike Shimmon and Lance Hazelrigg described their friend of 30 years as a family man who loved the wilderness.
His friends, who met Ash through skiing, said he was gravitating toward the ideals of Buddhism and had a huge heart.
“He is going to be missed dearly,” Hazelrigg said. “We moved here 30 years ago to get away from this (violence) and the first time it has happened in Tahoe City was to our best friend.”
Last Wednesday’s killing is the fifth murder case on the North Shore in the last 18 years that has been handled by personnel from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Tahoe City sub-station, according to that office. Sgt. Dan Ingalls said he has been with the Tahoe City sub-station for 11 years, and this is the first such case in that time.
– Renée Shadforth of the Tribune News Service contributed to this story.