Police arrest suspect in attempted Tahoe carjacking/kidnapping

Mugshot courtesy SLTPD
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (KOLO) - A South Lake Tahoe man has been arrested for attempted carjacking and kidnapping.

The victim, an off-duty South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue Firefighter, told South Lake Tahoe Police a man stepped in front of his vehicle while he was driving on Emerald Bay Road the evening of January 8, 2019. The firefighter slammed his breaks to avoid hitting the man, who then tried to get inside the victim’s vehicle by trying to open the passenger side door, where the victim’s child was seated, and started hitting the vehicle with his fists.

The man then walked around to the driver’s side, where he and the firefighter started fighting. Police say the man jumped into the driver’s seat, with the victim’s son still in the vehicle, and tried to drive off.

The firefighter got the man out of his vehicle, and the suspect ran off. The firefighter took a picture of the man (attached to this story) to share with police when they arrived.

The photo was shared on social media, and later that night, police dispatch got a call from a local business owner who said he thought the picture was of an ex-employee, 27-year-old Jacob Lewis. Lewis was known to law enforcement, with cases going back 11 years, including battery with serious injury and drug use. Mugshots of Lewis matched the one taken by the firefighter, and showed a tattoo Lewis had on his right calf.

Officers found Lewis at his home, and though he denied involvement in the incident, he was arrested and booked into the El Dorado County Jail on charges of attempted carjacking, attempted kidnapping and battery. He is being held in lieu of $405,000 bail.

Mugshot courtesy SLTPD
Photo of suspect taken by victim, courtesy SLTPD