A 42-year-old man faces a charge of second-degree assault after allegedly knocking another man’s teeth out in a violent altercation at Keystone Resort, CO, earlier this month.
Guido Diaz, 42, from Florida, was arrested after deputies were called to Keystone on April 2nd to respond to a fight on the slopes. Diaz allegedly struck the victim in the face with his ski pole, leaving him with broken teeth and a split lip, Summit Daily reports.
The victim claims he was snowboarding down the Frenchman run. Approaching a blind curve over a roller, at the last second, he saw Diaz and two children just below. Reacting instantly, he narrowly avoided the trio, turned around, and apologized. He stopped further down the slope to wait for his partner, where Diaz approached him and hit him in the face with his ski pole, saying, “that’s what you get for doing that to my daughter.” His friend’s version of events corroborates his story, saying the basket of the ski pole slashed his face.
After spitting his teeth into the snow, the couple continued to argue until patrollers arrived.
Diaz’s version of events is slightly different. He claims the victim did hit his daughter, so he pursued him to confront him. He lost control as he approached the victim and, putting his hands out in front of himself, hit the victim with his arms outstretched. He then accidentally hit the man in the face with the handle of his ski pole.
The police report describes how the victim had one tooth torn out at the root and three other broken teeth. He also suffered lacerations to his lips “consistent with the angle in which the basket of the ski pole would have contacted” his face. The lens had been separated from his goggles, and there was a small scuff mark on his helmet.
Diaz was arrested and taken to the Summit County jail in Breckenridge. He will appear in court on May 26 at the Summit County Justice Center.