Update: 15-Year-Old Busted for Attempted Sex Assaults at Monarch Mountain Ski Area
Update: Yesterday, we told you about reports of two attempted sexual assaults that victimized teenage girls at Monarch Mountain ski area; see our previous coverage below.
Now, an arrest has been made in the case. The alleged perpetrator: a fifteen-year-old boy.
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As noted below, the incidents took place on December 19 and January 1. In each case, the suspect is said to have shared a ski lift with an unaccompanied teenage girl, then followed her down the slope and forced her into trees, where the reported sex-assault tries took place. On the second occasion, the young man is said to have produced a gun and fired a shot. Fortunately, both victims were able to escape before a sexual assault took place.
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The information about the arrest released by the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office is extremely limited, owing to the age of the accused. The CCSO reveals that a fifteen-year-old Caucasian male was taken into custody yesterday in the community of Monument, between Castle Rock and Colorado Springs.
The teen is expected to be accused of felony menacing, aggravated criminal extortion, enticement of a child, false imprisonment, and two counts apiece of attempted sexual assault, attempted second-degree kidnapping and harassment.
No reference is made about whether the teen will be charged as a juvenile or an adult. The CCSO adds that while the investigation is ongoing, "no further arrests are expected at this time."
Continue for our previous coverage.
Original post, 6:43 a.m. January 6: Like ski resorts throughout the state, Monarch Mountain welcomed visitors from across the country and the world to enjoy the slopes of Colorado during the holiday season. But the Chaffee County Sheriffs Office says a young man took advantage of this influx in a notably disgusting way -- by attempting to assault two teenage girls he encountered on ski lifts. Continue for photos, videos and the disturbing details.
Monarch Mountain's Facebook page is jam-packed with post about seasonal celebrations, including this video of Santa going for a ride.
In addition, the resort held a special New Year's Eve party to mark its 75th anniversary.
But amid the festivities, something far less wholesome was taking place. The Chaffee County Sheriff's Office notes that on two occasions -- CBS4 puts the dates at December 19 and January 1 -- a man rode a ski lift with unaccompanied teenage girls. He then allegedly followed them down the ski run before forcing them into trees, at which point he tried to sexually assault them.
The second incident added another element to the crime: The suspect is said to have "pulled a handgun and fired the weapon in an attempt to coerce the victim to cooperate," the CCSO reveals. Fortunately, both women managed to get away before any assault took place.
The suspect is thought to be about the same age as his intended victims. He's described as a teenage Caucasian male, approximately five-eight to six-one and weighing around 140 pounds, with red hair and, possibly, freckles on his face."
The sheriff's office emphasizes that Monarch and its management is "cooperating fully" with law enforcers in the investigation. But if the perv in question is a tourist himself, he'll be that much harder to find.
Anyone with information about these crimes is encouraged to contact CCSO Sergeant Andy Rohrich at 719-207-0056 or Detective Claudette Hysjulien at 719-239-1600. Here's a CBS4 report about the cases.
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