Truckee man dies after Tahoe City stabbing
The Truckee man stabbed in a road-rage incident Wednesday morning in Tahoe City died later that night in a Reno hospital.
Robert Lawrence Ash, 48, was pronounced dead at about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday by doctors at Washoe Medical Center as a result of the stabbing, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Timothy George Brooks, 25, of Truckee, for attempted murder at the scene of the attack. He will now be charged with murder, according to the sheriff’s department.
The stabbing occurred at least half an hour after the two men were involved in a road rage incident on Highway 89 near Squaw Valley.
“The driving incident enraged Brooks to the point that he searched for Ash for approximately one half hour prior to finding him in Tahoe City,” a sheriff’s report stated. “Once Brooks found Ash, the two drivers became involved in a verbal argument. The verbal argument escalated to a physical fight between the two drivers. The altercation ended when Brooks stabbed Ash once in the abdomen.”
Ash was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee by ambulance and received emergency surgery. He was later transported to Washoe Medical Center in Reno.
Brooks was taken into custody without incident and booked at Placer County Jail in Tahoe City and then transferred to Auburn. He remains in custody without bail, pending arraignment, according to the sheriff’s department. Brooks has no prior known arrests, according to Sgt. Dan Ingalls.
No drugs or alcohol were involved, Ingalls said. A five-inch knife was used in the stabbing, according to the sheriff’s department.
Witnesses at the scene said they saw Ash eating breakfast and reading a book in Heritage Plaza outside of Syd’s Bagelry on a bench when Brooks and a woman approached Ash.
“They had an altercation and the victim got punched and stabbed,” said a witness who wished to remain anonymous. “The victim fell into the street and the woman kicked his (Ash’s) car. The man and woman fled and the victim tried to go in the bagelry and fell down.”
Witnesses said a man eating breakfast outside chased after Brooks and the woman.
Shannon Merritt, an employee of Syd’s who is also an EMT, said Ash came into the bagelry and said he was just stabbed and needed help. Merritt got towels and gloves and applied pressure to the wound.
“He was kind of passing out,” Merritt said.
Officers arrived on scene shortly after. Shortly after 10 a.m., paramedics treated Ash and rushed him to the hospital, while Brooks sat on a bench outside of Syd’s in handcuffs.
Sun News Service’s Kara Fox and Alex Close contributed to this report.