Skier faces charges in Keystone assault |

Skier faces charges in Keystone assault

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

FRISCO, Colo. ” 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 many 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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