South Tahoe police make arrest in weekend attack |

South Tahoe police make arrest in weekend attack

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Police arrested a South Lake Tahoe man this weekend following an alleged assault that sent another man to Barton Memorial Hospital with a broken jaw and possible loss of hearing in his right ear.

Toby Michael Thomas, 33, allegedly entered a residence near the intersection of Bonanza Avenue and D Street about 1:30 a.m. Saturday and attacked the man, jumping on him and kicking him in the face, said Detective Jeff Roberson.

Police believe Thomas allegedly beat the man because he was unhappy with how the victim had spoken to a 44-year-old female acquaintance of his earlier in the night, Roberson said.

The female acquaintance was the ex-girlfriend, and current roommate, of the victim of the assault, Roberson said.

Police arrested Thomas Sunday on suspicion of battery with serious bodily injury, assault with a deadly weapon and burglary.

Thomas was also arrested on suspicion of robbery and dissuading a witness for taking the victim’s car keys and ripping a telephone cord out of the wall during the assault, Roberson said.

Police are still looking for an acquaintance of Thomas who was allegedly involved in the attack, Roberson said.

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