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Teen-agers arrested in alleged violent crime spree

Rob Bhatt

South Lake Tahoe police early Tuesday arrested two teen-agers suspected of beating up two men during separate attacks in the area of Pioneer Trail near the state line.

One of the suspects, Todd R. Hall, 18, of South Lake Tahoe, was booked in county jail on suspicion of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. His bail was set at $40,000.

Authorities withheld the identity of the second suspect, a 16-year-old Tahoe Vista resident, because he is a juvenile.

A 22-year-old Hispanic male told police he was walking on Pioneer Trail near Tamarack Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. when the suspects approached yelling racial slurs at him.

The suspects allegedly knocked the victim to the ground, beat and kicked him and broke a beer bottle over his head.

A woman saw portions of the attack from her home and notified police.

The suspects allegedly ran east on Pioneer Trail as a 19-year-old South Lake Tahoe woman drove by with her baby in the car. The woman reportedly stopped because Hall tripped in the road in front of her.

While she was stopped, the juvenile allegedly attempted to open her passenger door, which was locked. Unable to get inside the vehicle, the juvenile allegedly kicked at the door before he and his accomplice ran away.

The third victim, 23, said he was walking in the area of Stevens Lane and Shepherds Drive when the two men approached, knocked him to the ground and demanded money.

South Lake Tahoe Police Sgt. Tom Conner, in the area responding to earlier calls for help, came upon the suspects during this alleged robbery and apprehended the juvenile.

Moments later, Officer Robert Heindl captured Hall after a brief foot pursuit.

The victim with the beer bottle broken over his head suffered cuts and bruises to his head. As of Wednesday, the medical condition of the victims could not be verified.

The juvenile suspect was taken to juvenile hall in Placerville and booked on suspicion of burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and attempted car jacking. He is also listed on an arrest warrant issued out of El Dorado County for alleged, undisclosed violations of juvenile law.

Formal charges against both suspects is pending review of arrest reports by the El Dorado County District Attorney’s office.

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