Texas skier faces charges over Keystone confrontation
FRISCO, Colo. (AP) ” A Texas man accused of swinging his ski poles at another skier at Keystone Ski Resort faces charges including second-degree assault with a weapon.
Jie Zhang, 45, of Katy also faces a charge of “disorderly conduct, fighting in public.” He was released Sunday after posting $7,500 bond.
Zhang was accused of confronting two brothers and a sister on the slopes and swinging his ski poles at one of the brothers who came close to running into him on a beginner’s run.
Paulette Horr, spokeswoman for the Summit County Sheriff’s Department, said the 19-year-old didn’t hit Zhang.
The 19-year-old skied downhill to call the ski patrol and hiked back up when he saw Zhang swinging a pole at his 16-year-old brother, Horr said. The brothers’ 22-year-old sister stayed with the 16-year-old to try to help him, said Horr.
Horr said the details of what happened were corroborated by a witness who was an off-duty Goshen, Wyo., deputy sheriff.
A phone listing for Zhang could not be found.
Zhang was due in court April 2.
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