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Placer County authorities searching for Kings Beach bank robbery suspect

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is working with the FBI to pursue a suspect who robbed Kings Beach Bank of the West, authorities said.

According to Placer County Detective John Riella, the suspect around 12:10 p.m. Oct. 13 entered the 200 Bear St. bank, and presented a robbery note to the teller.

According to Riella, the suspect said he had a gun, though none was seen. The man was wearing a “light-colored medical style mask” and provided his own plastic bag, in which he received over $1,000 in various denominations.

The suspect appears to be approximately 55-65 years old and heavy-set, with black framed glasses, the police report states.

Riella said by the time authorities arrived on the scene, the suspect was gone.

“He fled on foot out of the bank,” Riella said. “I think it’s highly likely he fled in a vehicle.”

The last bank robbery in King’s Beach was in 2014.

Riella said it is standard for the FBI to assist the local authorities with investigations like these because banks are federally insured.

Rebecca O’Neil is a staff writer with The Union, a sister publication of the Sierra Sun.

South Tahoe authorities seek help in identifying bank robbery suspect

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — South Lake Tahoe authorities are asking for public assistance in identifying a suspect in a bank robbery.

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department responded Tuesday afternoon to a bank robbery at El Dorado Savings Bank at the “Y.”

Detectives are working the case but could use help in identifying the suspect.

The suspect was wearing a grey hoodie, black pants and high-top sneakers and is approximately 6-feet tall.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the police department at 530-542-6100 and reference case number  2010-0539. 

This investigation is ongoing and information will be provided as it becomes available.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune is a sister publication to the Sierra Sun.

Tahoe local assaulted in Carnelian Bay

A resident of Homewood was hospitalized earlier in the month after being assaulted by three suspects, according to Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

Shane Cliff, 32, reportedly came upon a vehicle occupied by four individuals in an area of 5300 North Lake Boulevard in Carnelian Bay before being assaulted by three of them.

Cliff sustained multiple injuries and was transported to Renown Regional Medical Center. As of Monday, Sept. 29, the investigation remains open and no further information on the incident or suspects is available, according to Placer County.

Witness or anyone with information is being asked to contact Detective John Lasagna at 530-581-6320.

Friends and family of the victim have also set up a Go Fund Me page for facial reconstructive surgery. Cliff, according to the Go Fund Me page, sustained a concussion, brain bleeding and multiple fractures. As of Tuesday, the page has raised more than $11,000 from 145 donors. To donate to Cliff, visit www.gofundme.com/f/shanes-reconstructive-surgery-fund.

Human remains found near Marlette Lake on Tahoe’s East Shore

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Carson City Sheriff’s Office is investigating human remains that were discovered Sunday at Marlette Lake.

On Sunday, bicyclists found a human skull on the Flume Trail at Marlette Lake which is located up the mountain from Sand Harbor State Park off Nevada State Route 28 on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore.

It appears the skull had been exposed to the elements for some time. Nevada State Park Rangers assisted in the investigation and determined the location of the remains were within the Carson City Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction.

On Monday, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division and Search and Rescue unit searched the area and located additional remains.

On Tuesday, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue K9 unit assisted in a search of the area. Human Remains Detection K9 Inca was used to search the steep terrain. Inca identified several areas of interest for further investigation.

The remains will be sent to the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office for examination.

Anyone with information or questions is encouraged to contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 775-887-2677 or the Secret Witness hotline at 775-322-4900.

Man to face murder charges in 2013 killing of Tahoe gas station attendant

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — A man will face murder charges for the 2013 killing of a gas station attendant at Lake Tahoe.

Authorities said late last week that the El Dorado County Grand Jury handed down an indictment on Sept. 3 for Sean Donohue who allegedly walked into the US Gasoline Station on Lake Tahoe Blvd., fired a single shot and killed store clerk 27-year-old Manpreet Singh.

At the time of the Aug. 6 murder, extensive investigation resulted in no arrests and officials say the case went “cold.”

The District Attorney’s Office Cold Case Division in July 2017 posted a video about the homicide in hopes that new leads would be generated.

Just over 2 years later in August 2019, a witness watched the video and told investigators that Sean Donohue, 35, was responsible for the murder, the Tribune previously reported.

Video surveillance captured that night showed the suspect dressed in black walking from Pamira Ave., behind the business. The gunman then entered the gas station, appeared to briefly say something to Singh, then fatally shot him. There were no witnesses and nothing was taken from the store.

Donohoe was found in Las Vegas.

The Cold Case Task Force, which is a collaboration between the DA’s office, sheriff’s office, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, Department of Justice, Bureau of Forensic Science and Federal Bureau of Investigation, traveled to interview the involved parties.  

The DOJ and BFS compared evidence collected from the investigation to Donohoe’s DNA and found it matched. 

On Tuesday, May 12, with the help of the FBI and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Donohoe was arrested for the murder of Singh.

Donohoe was held in Las Vegas before being extradited to California.

He is being charged with murder with use of a firearm. He was arraigned on Sept. 4.

“I’m most proud of my guys bringing closure to the Singh family,” said SLTPD Detective Lt. Shannon Laney to the Tribune shortly after the arrest. “The residents may forget but the families never do.”

The Grand Jury also returned indictments for three suspects in the killing of Deputy Brian Ishmael on Oct. 23, 2019.

Juan Carlos Vasquez-Orozco was charged with first degree murder, assault with a firearm causing great bodily injury and assault with a firearm. Co-defendants Christoipher Ross is charged with second degree murder of a peace officer and Ramiro Morales for accessory to murder. 

All three suspects were arraigned on Sept. 16.

Bill Rozak is the Editor with the Tahoe Daily Tribune, a sister publication to the Sierra Sun. He can be reached at brozak@tahoedailytribune.com.

Truckee man pleas guilty of rape, agrees to 6-year, 8-month prison term

John Melvin Carson, 48, of Truckee, entered a guilty plea during a Sept. 8 felony hearing following accusations of raping a teen at his home last March.

Carson pleaded guilty to five different felonies, including lewd act upon a child, multiple counts of oral copulation of a minor, and a count of statutory rape.

Carson pleaded to a term of 6 years, 8 months in prison.

“As prosecutors we have to be careful to follow the evidence and ethically make our decisions based on the evidence,” said Christopher Walsh, assistant district attorney. “But in this case the defendant is guilty of rape, the victim was 15 years old, could not legally consent, and we felt it was important for the defendant to be held accountable for his actions.”

Carson will be sentenced by a judge Oct. 8, in Truckee.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at jscacco@sierrasun.com or 530-550-2643.

Police: Woman steals Public Works truck to pull own vehicle out of ditch in Truckee

A Folsom woman was arrested Saturday night after staff at Springhill Suites in Truckee reported she was intoxicated in their lobby.

Kelly Kathleen Fitzpatrick, 28, claimed while she was being arrested that she had previously wrecked her vehicle. An area check conducted that night could not locate the vehicle, according to Truckee police.

Police were contacted Sunday at 6:20 a.m. by a Public Works Department employee.

“They located a vehicle that was stuck in a ditch and had struck a fire hydrant, which was still actively spewing water. During our investigation, we determined that the vehicle belonged to Ms. Fitzpatrick,” Truckee Police reported.

Further information provided by Public Works staff indicated that Fitzpatrick had taken one of their trucks and attempted to use it to pull her own vehicle out of the ditch.

Both vehicles sustained damage.

Fitzpatrick was charged with disorderly conduct, vehicle theft, and hit and run. Her bail totaled $14,000 and she is no longer in custody as of Sunday.

Police said Fitzpatrick was cooperative during the arrest.

Victoria Penate is a staff writer for The Union. She can be reached at vpenate@theunion.com.

Veterinarian living in Truckee pleads guilty to tax evasion

From a release:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Jack Ray Snyder, 63, of Truckee, pleaded guilty Monday, Aug. 24, to one count of tax evasion, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced in a press release.

According to the plea agreement, Snyder failed to report significant income for tax years 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Each year, Snyder under-reported his income to his tax preparer and took deductions for expenses that were not deductible business expenses. For the 2011 tax year, Snyder earned outside income as an equine veterinarian in addition to his salary as a professor at the University of California, Davis. He endorsed outside client payment checks to directly pay credit card bills. He failed to report $212,953 in income for the 2011 tax year. According to the plea agreement, the additional tax due for 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 tax years was $134,497.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Yang is prosecuting the case.

Snyder is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge William B. Shubb on Nov. 16. Snyder faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $100,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

Source: U.S. Attorney’s Office

Vehicle theft suspect leads officers from Nevada City to Truckee

The suspect in a car chase who led officers from Nevada City to Truckee ran over three spike strips before getting the stolen vehicle stuck in a roundabout, the California Highway Patrol said.

And then a K-9 bit him on the elbow, authorities said.

Arnaldo Alonza Sanchez, 31, of Kerman, faces charges of vehicle theft, evading police, battery with serious bodily injury and receipt of known stolen property. Booked early Tuesday into the Nevada County Jail, he remained there that afternoon under $50,000 in bond, reports state.

Authorities say Sanchez stole the white F-450 utility pickup after seeing its driver leave it running in the Sacramento area on Monday. Sanchez got inside and drove off, public information officer Carlos Perez said.

Someone reported the truck stolen at 10:31 a.m. Monday. Grass Valley police spotted it at 10:56 a.m. near Nevada Street. They tried to stop it, but the driver fled on Highway 20 toward Truckee, Perez said.

“Fluctuating speeds between 55 and 65,” he added.

Officers placed a spike strip on Highway 20, near Interstate 80. The vehicle struck one spike, flattening a tire, though the driver reached I-80 and kept going. He hit a second spike strip near Castle Peak and a third by Donner Gate, Perez said.

“Three tires were out,” the officer said.

The chase ended when the driver, who’d exited onto southbound Highway 89, drove into a roundabout and got stuck. A K-9 bit the driver on his elbow, and the suspect — identified as Sanchez — was taken into custody, Perez said.

“Nobody else was hurt during the pursuit,” he added.

Alan Riquelmy is the City Editor for The Union and Sierra Sun. He can be reached at ariquelmy@theunion.com or 530-477-4239.

Grass Valley police make arrest in downtown Airsoft shooting; no serious injuries

The man accused of firing an Airsoft gun at a Back the Blue rally met Grass Valley police at the local California Highway Patrol office, authorities said.

Officers found Jace Samuel Manoguerra, 21, with a cell phone video and surveillance footage, finding the license tag number of a rental van they say he was using. They then spoke to the person who’d rented the van and loaned it to Manoguerra, Capt. Steve Johnson said.

“He actually agreed to meet with us,” Johnson said of Manoguerra. “He met with us and brought the gun that was used.”

Police say Manoguerra shot an Airsoft gun around 7 p.m. Saturday at people attending a Back the Blue rally at Neal and South Auburn streets. No one received serious injuries, though several people were struck, including a juvenile.

“They hurt,” Johnson said. “In this case, they broke the skin.”

Johnson said the Airsoft gun shoots plastic BBs.

Officers responded and watched a cell phone video someone had taken. With that video, and knowing the time the shooting occurred, they found the van’s license tag number from surveillance cameras. That led them to discover the van was a rental, and ultimately to Manoguerra, Johnson said.

The captain said Manoguerra claimed no allegiance to a specific group, though he noted: “He very specifically targeted the Back the Blue people.”

According to Johnson, police conferred with the District Attorney’s Office on the charge Manoguerra would face: felony assault on a person by any means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.

Manoguerra has since made his $25,000 bond, Nevada County Jail records state.

Alan Riquelmy is the city editor for The Union. He can be reached at ariquelmy@theunion.com or 530-477-4239.