South Lake Tahoe police continue investigation into stabbing at the Y
February 4, 2018
Investigators are hoping that more people will come forward to help them piece together what transpired near the Y in South Lake Tahoe Saturday, Jan. 27, when a transient man was stabbed.
Authorities received multiple calls around 5:30 p.m. stating a man had been stabbed, according to South Lake Tahoe police detective Allen Molesworth. When officers arrived on scene they found a victim with stab wounds to his neck and upper torso, and a suspect who was being detained by two other men.
The victim, a transient man, was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital. Molesworth said he did not know if the victim was still hospitalized as of Wednesday, Jan. 31.
Police identified Kiefer Chriss as the man accused of stabbing the victim. Chriss, according to Molesworth, is no stranger to local authorities, although he has repeatedly given different ages and different names during his encounters with law enforcement.
Molesworth said he could not even pinpoint Chriss' age, adding that he is between 40 and 60 years old. El Dorado County jail records state Chriss is 43 years old.
Despite previous reports, Molesworth said law enforcement does not believe Chriss is homeless.
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"We think he has a residence but we don't know where that residence is," said Molesworth, adding that anyone who knows Chriss should contact the police department (530-542-6100).
Police were able to take Chriss into custody without incident. They are still uncertain what sparked the argument between Chriss and the victim.
"We really don't know what sparked the fight between the two. We're getting different stories and we're trying to locate other witnesses," Molesworth said.
Chriss, according to jail records, is in custody on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and two charges of intent to terrorize. Total bail is listed as $400,000.
Saturday's incident came less than a year after a stabbing in the same area. An altercation between three homeless men turned violent at the transit center at the Y just after 5 p.m. March 24. One man suffered stab wounds and three others, including the alleged assailant, sustained injuries.