Teen arrested after fight
Police booked a 17-year-old for attempted murder Wednesday night. Officers suspect he almost killed a South Lake Tahoe man with his fists for flirting with a girl he’s dating.
The 19-year-old was airlifted to Washoe Medical Center with severe injuries to his face and head. Thursday afternoon the hospital listed his condition as serious but stable.
Both men had been attending a small party at a residence at Sierra Boulevard. The host of the party found the 19-year-old spitting up blood alongside Sierra Boulevard just south of Armstrong Avenue around 8 p.m.
After talking to several witnesses, officers arrested the 17-year-old at a Meyers residence.
The suspect reportedly told an investigator that he became angry with the 19-year-old after he heard he went outside with his girlfriend.
A witness told police the 17-year-old started to cry and heard him say, “Your friend is going to get into a fight tonight,” before he went to look for the couple. Once outside, he reportedly found the 19-year-old laughing and flirting with his girlfriend.
The suspect said he punched the 19-year-old once in the face then the 19-year-old grabbed him around the neck and retaliated by punching him.
The suspect said he punched the man at least three more times. He said he missed one time and hit the ground with his fist. Police said each of his knuckles had abrasions and were bloody.
At Barton Memorial Hospital before the airlift, an investigator reported no offensive or defensive wounds on the 19-year-old.
The 17-year-old suspect was transported to El Dorado County Juvenile Hall in Placerville.
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