South Tahoe man brandishes firearm during New Year’s Day road rage incident

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A road rage incident took a turn for the worst on New Year’s Day when a local resident pulled a gun on a visitor from Sacramento and was later arrested after fleeing the scene and crashing into a snow berm. 

South Lake Tahoe Police Sgt. Scott Crivelli said Moises Casillas, 27, and the unnamed victim exchanged words and things quickly escalated when Casillas pointed a firearm at the victim who immediately called 911. As Casillas attempted to flee he crashed his vehicle into a snowbank.

Crivelli added, “During the investigation, officers discovered Casillas is on parole from a previous kidnapping charge, is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.”  

A 9mm handgun loaded with a 16-round magazine was discovered during the arrest. The magazine is illegal to possess in California for a citizen retaining rights to possess a firearm, Crivelli said. 

Casillas faces five felony charges with a hefty enhancement attached to an already high bail amount. Being a prohibited person in possession of an illegal magazine results in three separate felony charges, violation of parole, and assault with a firearm on a person places the enhanced bail amount at $1,195,000.

He remains in custody as of Tuesday afternoon.

More Like This, Tap A Topic

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.