South Lake Tahoe police search for man suspected in bike path robbery
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake Tahoe police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a Monday robbery behind Motel 6.
Around 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 23, a 16-year-old South Lake Tahoe boy was walking on the bike path behind the motel, at 2375 Lake Tahoe Blvd., when a man appeared on the path from out of the bushes and confronted him, according to a Wednesday press release from police.
“The suspect had his hand in a trench coat pocket, pointing toward the victim,” according to the release. “The victim believed the male suspect had a gun in his pocket. No weapon was actually seen or mentioned. The suspect demanded money from the victim, who promptly surrendered what he had. The suspect left the area on foot. The victim was unharmed. The suspect has not yet been identified.”
The teenager described the suspect as a white man between 6 feet and 6 feet 3 inches tall who is approximately 50 years old. The suspect had stringy hair and a long, bushy bear down to at least mid-chest level. He was wearing black sunglasses, a black trench coat with the collar turned up, a gray undershirt, tattered blue jeans and tattered white shoes at the time of the alleged robbery. The victim also said the suspect smelled foul and was very unkempt, according to the release.
Police ask anyone with information that may be helpful in solving the case to call 530-542-6100 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, Lake Tahoe Secret Witness at 530-541-6800. Police also urge the public to remain vigilant during the holiday season by being aware of your surroundings and walking with a partner when possible.