Two assaults with brass knuckles reported Sunday
Brass knuckles were reportedly used in two similar assaults at South Shore casinos within an hour of each other early Sunday morning, according to separate reports by Douglas County sheriff’s deputies.
The victim of the first incident, a 21-year-old South Lake Tahoe man, told deputies he was leaving Harrah’s Lake Tahoe with a friend about 2:40 a.m. when they were approached by two men who asked if they wanted to “take it outside.”
One of the men then reached into his pocket, retrieved a pair of brass knuckles, and punched the victim near his left eye, according to a witness statement in one of the reports.
Witnesses were unable to give a description of the assailant during that incident.
During the second incident, a victim reported he was standing with two friends near the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa Theatre about 3:30 a.m. when the group was approached by two men.
The pair of men became aggressive toward the group, pushing one man down a set of stairs and punching another when he approached. The man who was punched, a 36-year-old Stateline man, immediately started to bleed near his left eye. He told deputies he thought he had been hit with brass knuckles.
The pair of men then left the scene of the attack via the casino’s elevator, according to the report.
The suspect who allegedly threw the punch at MontBleu is described as a white male with a shaved head who is between 6 feet ,1 inch and 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds.
Both victims were treated at Barton Memorial Hospital and received 10 stitches near the corner of their left eyes.
Both incidents were reported to deputies at Douglas County’s Lake Jail several hours after they happened, according to the reports.