Tahoe Drug Deal Murder Suspects Arrested

by Placerville Newswire / Feb 20, 2016 / comments

On Tuesday, Feb. 16 South Lake Tahoe Police detectives were present in Vallejo while investigating the murder of 40-year-old Dennis Wright Jr. at the Beverly Lodge in South Lake Tahoe on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 30.

In Vallejo, detectives arrested Tristan Batten, an 18-year-old male suspect, for his participation in this murder. On Wednesday, Feb. 17 morning, while detectives were continuing this investigation in Sacramento, they arrested another suspect, 20-year-old Harvest Davidson, for his own participation in this murder case.

Both arrestees have been charged with one count of murder and have been booked on no bail warrants. Neither of these two arrestees is believed to be the suspects depicted in the composite sketches released to the public on Feb. 3.

The investigation of this case has not stopped since the crime occurred and is still continuing on a daily/hourly basis. South Lake Tahoe Police detectives anticipate the arrest of additional outstanding suspects related to this case. Therefore the public release of more specific information at this time, in terms of the specific roles and actions these arrestees took in the case, would jeopardize the furtherance of the investigation.

Detectives request the public’s patience in this. Nevertheless the detectives want the public to know that arrests are being made and that this case is taking investigators to a number of areas removed from South Lake Tahoe. These arrests and the expectation of more arrests, demonstrate that significant progress is being made.

The public should know the murder weapon has not yet been recovered. Additional suspects in this case are considered armed and dangerous.

Based upon the release of composite sketches and the original information related to the murder at the Beverly Lodge, SLTPD has received several valuable tips from the community which are helping to move this investigation forward.

SLTPD has been supported tremendously by the El Dorado County DA’s Office, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Vallejo PD and other assisting agencies, which must currently remain unidentified for the sake of investigative confidentiality.

This case has demanded a level of investigative resources and flexibility far beyond the ability of SLTPD to manage alone. The staffing of personnel and availing of many investigative resources by the allied agencies have been invaluable to the PD and the South Lake Tahoe community.

Further public information will be released as appropriate as this case develops.

Backround information

Around 7:45 p.m. on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 30, Dennis Wright Jr. and his girlfriend Kendra Ghiorso drove to South Lake Tahoe to sell 100 pounds of marijuana to prospective buyers. During the transaction at least two black male adults arrived and attempted to rob Wright and Ghiorso at gunpoint for the cash involved in the drug deal. The robbers physically struggled with both Wright and Ghiorso in the motel parking lot. One or both of the two suspects pictured fired multiple gunshots.

Dennis Wright Jr. was shot multiple times and died after being transported to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe. The two black male robbers fled the scene in a vehicle. At this time, however, police have a very limited and unconfirmed description of this vehicle.

Suspect 1 — black male adult is described as approximately 6 foot and 3 inches tall and 200 pounds, late 20s to early 30s with black hair worn in braids or dreadlocks.

Suspect 2 — black male adult is possibly mixed race, light complexion, 5 foot and 8 inches tall and 170 pounds, late 20s to early 30s with black hair with tight curls.

The vehicle may be associated with a tan-colored Chrysler Concorde, 2004 or older sedan. (Detectives located this vehicle in the Bay Area and seized it as evidence).

The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is asking for assistance from the community to help identify and locate these two suspects. The investigation is active and the department has received assistance from a variety of allied agencies already to question several individuals in a number of cities around the Northern California area who may be connected to this case.

If anyone has information that may be helpful, they are encouraged to contact the South Lake Tahoe Police Department at (530) 542-6100 or, if anonymity is desired, Lake Tahoe Secret Witness at (530) 541-6800.