Teen assaulted on mountain


— A 52-year-old Littleton man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of repeatedly punching a 16-year-old girl in the head and neck after a collision at Steamboat Ski Area.

Police Capt. Joel Rae said the 16-year-old Steamboat Springs girl said she was snowboarding down Headwall ski trail when she ran over the skis of an 8-year-old girl. Both girls were knocked to the ground.

Randell Berg, the father of the 8-year-old, saw the collision and confronted the 16-year-old, Rae said. At that point, Berg is thought to have punched the teenager several times in the head and neck and to have shouted profanities at her, Rae said.

The 16-year-old told police she was wearing a helmet, and she was not seriously injured. She said she was sore from the alleged attack.

Witnesses intervened and restrained Berg, police said. Witnesses also confirmed the 16-year-old's story, police said.

Rae said police interviewed Berg before arresting him. Berg told police that after he made sure his daughter was OK, "he just lost control when his daughter got hit," Rae said.

The accident occurred near the base of the ski mountain, where Steamboat Springs police have jurisdiction.

Rae said he has never heard of such an incident.

"We have fights all the time, but this is ridiculous," Rae said.

Berg was taken to Routt County Jail and booked on charges of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct. He was released Monday on $1,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court on Feb. 14.

-- To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4204 or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com


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