Truckee man arrested in Tahoe City stabbing incident |

Truckee man arrested in Tahoe City stabbing incident

Photo by Keith Sheffield/Sun News ServiceA man was left in critical condition Wednesday morning after being stabbed with a knife in front of Syd's Bagelry in Tahoe City.

TAHOE CITY ” Investigators have arrested Timothy George Brooks, 25 of Truckee, on suspicion of attempted murder after a stabbing incident in Tahoe City Wednesday morning that has left another Truckee man in critical condition.

According to Placer County Sheriff’s investigators, Brooks stabbed Robert Lawrence Ash, 48 of Truckee, after a road rage incident on Highway 89, north of Squaw Valley Road. Investigators said Brooks searched for Ash for 30 minutes after the incident and found him in front of Syd’s Bagelry in Tahoe City.

Once Brooks found Ash, the men got into a verbal argument that escalated into a physical fight, and the altercation ended when Brooks stabbed Ash in the abdomen, said sheriff’s Sgt. Dan Ingalls.

Shannon Merritt, an employee of Syd’s who is also an EMT, said the victim came into the bagelry and said he was just stabbed and needed help. Merritt got towels and gloves and applied pressure to the wound. She asked his age and if he was on any drugs, which is EMT protocol.

“He was kind of passing out,” Merritt said.

Brooks was taken by ambulance to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee, where he received emergency surgery. He was later transferred to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, where he remains in critical condition.

Brooks was booked in custody in Placer County Jail in Auburn without bail.

Sun News Service reporters Kara Fox and Alex Close contributed to this report.