A man from Mountain Lakes NJ has been charged with aggravated assault in connection with a “ski rage incident” at the Mountain Creek ski resort, which is located in Vernon, New Jersey.
The violent incident went down on the ski slopes on Valentine’s Day. According to the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect threw punches at a 12-year-old boy, hitting him in the mouth. Additionally, said authorities, the suspect attacked the child with a ski pole.
The ski rage incident occurred after young victim reportedly fell into the suspect while skiing. At the time, the suspect was on the slopes with his own young son.
When Vernon New Jersey police officers got to the scene, they saw that the victim was suffering from serious injuries.
The suspect, a 44-year-old male employed as an anesthesiologist in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, faces criminal charges for second degree aggravated assault and third degree endangering the welfare of a child.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the aggravated assault charges, he would be in store for severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1(b), a person convicted of second degree aggravated assault can potentially be sentenced to a term of incarceration of 5-10 years in NJ State Prison.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was released from police custody on his own recognizance. He has a pending court appearance in Sussex County Superior Court in Newton, New Jersey.
For additional information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Doctor Charged in ‘Ski Rage’ Attack on 12-Year-Old, Cops Say.”