Man assaults teen at A-Basin, cops say |

Man assaults teen at A-Basin, cops say

Nicole Formosa
Summit County Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colorado ” A Loveland man was arrested on a felony assault charge after he allegedly used a ski pole to attack a teenager whom a police report said collided with the man’s girlfriend.

Frank Furlott, 42, was charged with second degree assault and felony menacing following the altercation Sunday at Arapahoe Basin, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office said.

A 17-year-old from Castle Rock was snowboarding on the Lenawee Face trail when he collided with Furlott’s girlfriend, the Sheriff’s Office said.

He asked the woman if she was OK, then helped her to her feet. When she said she was fine, the teenager asked if it was all right for him to leave and she said yes, the Sheriff’s Office said.

As he started down the trail, Furlott, who was about 75 feet below where the crash occurred, began yelling at him to come over, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“(The teen) did snowboard toward Furlott and as he came closer, Furlott grabbed him around the neck and threw him to the ground. … When (the teen) was on the ground, he said Furlott began to hit him several times in the face and neck area with his ski poles,” the report said.

Furlott also allegedly hit the teen several times in the back with his ski poles, and allegedly threatened to stab the pole through the boy’s heart.

Reached at his home in Loveland, Furlott said his girlfriend were skiing when she was “hit by a reckless snowboarder.”

“As he was trying to leave the scene, I stopped him,” Furlott said.

He said he did not beat the boy with his ski pole and called the report that his girlfriend wasn’t injured false. He said she had X-rays done Monday night and doesn’t yet know the extent of her injuries from the accident.

According to the police report, however, the girlfriend verified the teen’s version of the story, saying she told him he could leave after the collision.

The teenager suffered a 1-inch laceration on the lower left side of his chin and a 1- to 2-inch cut on his lower left cheekbone during the incident, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Several witnesses told deputies they saw Furlott yelling profanities at the boy, threatening him and hitting the boy, who was trying to cover himself, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The teen did what he was supposed to in the event of an on mountain collision, Summit County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Paulette Horr said.

“The big message to get out is to make sure the other person is OK and wait for ski patrol to arrive. He didn’t do that, but she said she was OK,” Horr said.

According to the Ski Safety Act, a skier involved in a collision with another person in which injury results should not leave the scene of the accident before giving his name and address to a member of ski patrol, unless the person is leaving to get help.

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