Police seek suspect who tried to sexually assault teens at Monarch Ski Area

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CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. — Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly tried to sexually assault a pair of teenage girls at Monarch Ski Area.

Both cases were reported in the past two weeks. In at least one of the incidents, the suspect was armed and fired a shot to frighten the victim, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Both victims were teenage girls boarding the ski lift alone. In each case, the suspect reportedly rode the ski lift with the victim, then followed her down the ski run to a point where he then forced them into the trees and tried to sexually assault her. In the second incident, the victim said the suspect pulled a handgun and fired the weapon in an attempt to coerce her to cooperate.

In both instances, the victims were able to escape and the suspect fled the scene.

The suspect is described as a white male in his teens, standing approximately 5’8” to 6’1” and weighing approximately 140 pounds. He is believed to have red hair and possibly some freckles on his face.

Monarch management has cooperated fully with the investigation, the sheriff’s office said.

Anyone with information in the case was asked to contact either Sgt. Andy Rohrich at 719-207-0056, or Det. Claudette Hysjulien at 719-239-1600.

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