Snowboarder rage reported at Keystone |

Snowboarder rage reported at Keystone

SUMMIT COUNTY – An incident of snowboard rage with racial overtones erupted at Keystone Saturday, but the alleged perpetrator escaped after leaving a false Denver phone number with the ski patrol.

Hsieh Chi of Englewood told the Summit County Sheriff’s Office he was in the Summit Express chairlift line putting on his snowboard when another snowboarder berated him for choosing that spot to buckle in.

A man later identified as Brian Jones used a racial comment to drive home his point. Chi fired back, also using a racial comment, and Jones punched him by his left eye, making him fall on his snowboard.

A lift operator reported the incident to the ski patrol, which met Jones and got his alleged Denver address and a phone number. Jones was allowed to proceed.

When a deputy later tried to call Jones, he was told Jones did not live at that phone number. Chi was treated at the Keystone Medical Center.

Gun on the run

A Warrior’s Mark man showed his house guests a new 9-millimeter Interteck handgun Nov. 26 only to have one of them snatch it away and flee the 73 Red Feather Road residence.

Nov. 28, a Summit County sheriff’s deputy arrested Miguel Nevarez on a felony charge of burglary and recovered the gun.

The incident began when Warrior’s Mark resident Ian Fitzgibbons invited some people to his house about 2 a.m. Thursday to drink beer, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Fitzgibbons reported he showed off his gun, estimated to be worth $800, only to have it snatched away by the man, who turned out to be Nevarez.

Two days of investigation led a deputy to the Silverthorne Police Department, where Nevarez had showed up because he heard police were looking for him, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

After running through Nevarez’s version of the gun-snatching story several times, the deputy decided to arrest Nevarez in connection with the burglary.

– Daily News staff reports

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