* Police arrested a 33-year-old South Lake Tahoe man on suspicion of robbery and attempted carjacking on Monday afternoon after he allegedly punched an elderly man and tried to steal a vehicle he had agreed to buy, authorities said.
About 4:20 p.m., Christopher Paul Soper was arrested in the parking lot of the Stateline Lodge on Friday Avenue for allegedly punching a South Lake Tahoe man in the face several times to try to steal a gold Jeep Cherokee, said South Lake Tahoe police Lt. Marty Hale.
According to statements, the alleged victim – a 64 year old – drove Soper and the owner of the Jeep to Carson City because the Jeep owner was being booked into jail, Hale said. Soper and the alleged victim then returned to the Stateline Lodge after dropping the man off at jail, Hale said.
The owner of the Jeep had reportedly told the alleged victim to sell the car to Soper, but only after he received $1,600 in payment.
When the 64-year-old refused to give Soper the Jeep without immediate payment, Soper allegedly became enraged and punched the man in the face five to six times while both men were seated in the parked Jeep, Hale said.
The victim received a bloody nose in the attack, Hale said.
Although Soper was able to get the keys during the alleged confrontation, police arrived, arrested Soper, and booked him into El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe.
Paramedics responded to the scene, but the injured man declined treatment, Hale said.
* Police arrested a 65-year-old South Lake Tahoe man Monday night after he allegedly attacked a High Sierra Patrol officer with a butane torch, police said.
About 8:17 p.m., the man allegedly charged a female employee of the security service with a lit butane torch while she was seated in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Forest Inn Suites on Lake Parkway, said Lt. Marty Hale.
The woman was able to escape and reported the incident to police, Hale said.
About an hour later, an officer on an unrelated traffic stop in the 4000 block of Lake Tahoe Blvd. recognized the attacker as he walked past, Hale said.
The man cursed at the officer and resisted arrested, Hale said.
The man was eventually subdued and booked into El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and obstructing a police officer.
* A 50-year-old Dublin, Calif., man was taken into federal custody in Sacramento on Aug. 27 after he pleaded guilty to using the Internet to attempt to commit criminal sex acts with someone he thought was a teenage girl from Truckee.
This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Rodriguez said in a statement.
From December 2008 through February 2009, Jerald D’Souza tried to entice an individual he believed was a 13-year-old Truckee girl into various sex acts including intercourse, Rodriguez said.
The individual with whom he was communicating was actually an FBI informant in El Dorado County, Rodriguez said.
D’Souza then traveled from his home in Dublin to Truckee for the purpose of committing illicit sexual activity with the person he believed was a minor.
Sentencing in the case is scheduled for November.
D’Souza will receive a minimum statutory sentence of 10 years to a maximum of life in prison, a life term of supervised release, life registration as a sex offender, a fine of up to $250,000, and restitution, Rodriguez said.
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