Second shooting suspect nabbed
A routine traffic stop netted a second suspect in the June 22 shooting into a Pine Grove Avenue duplex unit that wounded two people.
South Lake Tahoe Police arrested Alberto R. Jimenez, 21, Thursday evening on a $1 million warrant for attempted murder. Jimenez’s older brother Victor Jimenez, 23, of South Lake Tahoe was arrested July 3 in connection with the shooting and charged with attempted murder and shooting into an occupied dwelling. Felony warrants were issued July 8, for Alberto and Juan Carlos Alvarado, 24, of South Lake Tahoe. Alvarado, who is still at large, is described as an Hispanic male, 5 feet 8 inches, 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has a mole on his right cheek.
Jimenez was in a vehicle with two females and two other males when the officer pulled them over on U.S. Highway 50, west of Blue Lakes Road, around 10:20 p.m.
According to a police report, open containers of alcohol were observed in the passengers’ area, and, as the investigation continued, Detective Martin Hewlett responded to assist. Hewlett, the lead investigator on the shooting case, identified Jimenez. He was arrested without incident and booked into El Dorado county jail. Jimenez claimed residence in Los Angeles, but according to police, he had lived in South Lake Tahoe for several years prior to the shooting.
The suspects told authorities that Alvarado was walking home alone around 3:30 a.m. on June 22 when he was verbally challenged by several individuals from a duplex unit at 1050 Pine Grove Ave. The occupants of the home, including the victim, deny any contact with the suspect on the night of the incident.
Police said Alvarado returned home and got the help of Victor and Alberto Jimenez, who are both documented members of the South Side 13 gang. The group then allegedly returned to Pine Grove Ave. with a .22 caliber rifle with a scope. Alvarado allegedly shot at least nine rounds into the residence striking a female visiting the home in the knee and a male resident in the shoulder.
Both victims are recovering from their injuries.
Victor Jimenez, who is still being held in lieu of $1 million bail, is scheduled for a jury trial in El Dorado Superior Court on Oct. 7. Alberto Jimenez was arraigned Friday in El Dorado Municipal Court. He is being held on $1 million bail.
Police said the investigation continues and ask anyone with information to contact the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, 542-6100, or Lake Tahoe Secret Witness, 541-6800.
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