Assault With A Deadly Weapon

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Tasha Thompson

On September 16, 2017, at approximately 8:00 pm, El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on Toyan drive in Diamond Springs for a reported assault.  The victim reported that several people came to his house and began a confrontation.  A physical fight ensued and the victim was stabbed. The suspects, Anthony Marquez and Richard Almeda, fled the scene in a vehicle prior to deputies arrival.

The victim was immediately transported to Marshall medical center and treated for his injuries.  Deputies began an intensive search for the suspects.  Within a short time, deputies located the suspect vehicle and developed information that Almeda and Marquez were located in a residence on Matrix Court, in Diamond Springs.  Deputies immediately responded to the area and surrounded the residence.  Initially, the
occupants refused to exit the residence after repeated requests.  After a short negotiation, Marquez exited the residence, leaving Almeda inside.  Detectives and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team were dispatched to the scene. Detectives began to interview all parties involved, as the SWAT team attempted to have Almeda exit the residence peacefully.  At approximately 3:30 am, after a five hour standoff, Almeda exited the residence and was taken into custody

23 year old Richard Almeda and 24 year old Anthony Marquez of
Sacramento were both arrested for assault with a deadly weapon
and booked into the El Dorado County Jail. The victim is recovering from his injuries.

Booking photo Richard Almeda

Booking photo of Anthony Marquez

Child Pornography Arrest

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Tasha Thompson

On July 28th, 2017, a report was taken for the annoying and molesting of a child under the age of 18.  A search warrant was served and images of child pornography were located.  On August 30th, 2017, 65 year old Robert Huckaby of South Lake Tahoe, was arrested by El Dorado County Sheriff’s detectives.  He was booked into the El Dorado County Jail for Possession of Child Pornography and Molesting or annoying a child under the age of 18.

 Booking photo of Robert Huckaby


Missing Kayaker located in Lake Tahoe

Press Release

Lieutenant James Byers

August 27th, 2017, 9am

Missing Kayaker located in Lake Tahoe

On June 8, 2017, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office assisted California State Parks with a report of a missing kayaker. The kayaker, Dan Pham, left from Lester Beach on his way to boat camp in Emerald Bay. Pham never arrived.

An extensive search effort was conducted by El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue (SAR), El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Marine unit, California State Parks, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office SAR, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Marine unit, United States Coast Guard, and Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. During this search, SAR K9 teams located an area of interest off Rubicon Point, but Pham was not located.

On August 26, 2017, a non-profit group called Bruce’s Legacy (from Wisconsin) arrived to assist. Bruce’s Legacy has located 18 drowning victims in just four years by using state of the art side scan sonar, Tow Fish sonar, an underwater remote operating vehicle (ROV), and years of operating experience. Bruce’s Legacy assisted in another recovery in Lake Tahoe in July, and made a recovery at Stampede Reservoir a few days ago.  Utilizing their side scan sonar, Bruce’s Legacy located Dan Pham in 245 feet of water off of Rubicon Point, in the area of K9 alerts. Pham’s body was recovered after being brought to the surface by the ROV operated by Bruce’s Legacy.  The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division and South Lake Tahoe Detectives are handling this investigation.

The Pham family was extremely grateful for the efforts made by everyone and thankful their loved one can be put to rest.  The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office extends our deepest condolences to the Pham Family.

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