Alleged foot fondler in Lake Tahoe identified and arrested

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A man accused of breaking into a Lake Tahoe resort and fondling women’s feet has been arrested. 

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada, the suspected food fondler was Mark Anthony Gonzales, 26. 

The incidents happened during the Fourth of July holiday. 

“During the early morning hours between July 1-3, 2023, an adult male entered two Stateline resort condominiums by opening unlocked screen doors. Once inside, he positioned himself at the foot of the bed and rubbed the feet of two separate adult females,” the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office wrote.

Investigators said, the women woke up to discover that a stranger was fondling their feet. 

DCSO wrote, “Investigators learned Gonzales was known to local law enforcement in the Atwater/Merced County, California area and was the suspect of numerous crimes, including the theft of women’s shoes, trespassing, and sexual self-gratification during some of these incidents.”

Investigators said Gonzales’ sexually-motivated crimes were escalating in nature.

Sheriff’s detectives found and arrested Gonzales at his residence on Monday.

Gonzalez was booked into the Merced County Jail for two counts of burglary and two counts of battery. Gonzales will be held in the Merced County Jail on a fugitive warrant with a bail of $50,000 until he is extradited back to Douglas County, Nevada.

“I am extremely pleased that my investigators were able to identify, locate, and arrest this individual,” Sheriff Dan Coverley said. “These types of crimes are especially alarming to a community, and being able to make an arrest allows the victims and community to feel safe again.”


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.