Stabbing victim dies; suspect transferred to Auburn |

Stabbing victim dies; suspect transferred to Auburn

Kara Fox

Court Leve / Tribune News Service / Timothy George Brooks, 25, of Truckee, sits handcuffed after allegedly stabbing Robert Ash, 48, in the abdomen in front of a Tahoe City coffee shop. Ash died Wednesday night.

TAHOE CITY – A Truckee man stabbed Wednesday morning outside a Tahoe City coffee shop died late Wednesday night, while the man accused in the stabbing is now being held on suspicion of murder.

Robert Lawrence Ash, 48, was pronounced dead at 11:17 p.m. by doctors at Washoe Medical Center in Reno. The Washoe County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy today to determine the exact cause of death.

What is known is that Ash’s kidney, liver and renal artery were hit with the one stroke stabbing from the five-inch blade, said Sgt. Dan Ingalls of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.

Timothy George Brooks, 25, also of Truckee, is being held on suspicion of murder, Ingalls said.

The stabbing occurred at least half an hour after the two men were involved in a road rage incident on Highway 89, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.

Brooks was arrested at the scene and booked at Placer County Jail in Tahoe City and then transferred to Auburn, where he remains in custody without bail pending arraignment. Brooks has no prior known arrests, according to Ingalls.

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Ash was allegedly stabbed in the abdomen by Brooks a half an hour after Ash cut off Brooks in traffic on Highway 89 north of Squaw Valley Road, a sheriff’s report states.

“The driving incident enraged Brooks to the point that he searched for Ash for approximately one half-hour prior to finding him in Tahoe City,” the report states. “Once Brooks found Ash, the two drivers became involved in a verbal argument. The verbal argument escalated to a physical fight between the two drivers. The altercation ended when Brooks stabbed Ash once in the abdomen.”

Four murders have occurred on the North Shore in the last 18 years that have been handled by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Tahoe City sub-station, according to that office. Wednesday’s killing would be the fifth. Sgt. Dan Ingalls said he has been with the Tahoe City sub-station for 11 years, and this is the first such case in that time.

Witnesses at the scene said they saw Ash eating breakfast and reading a book in Heritage Plaza outside of Syd’s on a bench when Brooks and a woman approached Ash.

Witnesses at the crime scene said Ash was punched and stabbed by Brooks. Paramedics treated Ash and rushed him to the hospital, while Brooks sat on a bench outside of the coffee shop in handcuffs. Police roped off the area and declared it a crime scene.