SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators in Summit County are looking for a suspect after deputies found a badly injured teenager walking on Swan Mountain Road Tuesday morning.
The road runs between Keystone and Breckenridge. The 18-year-old was discovered by Summit County deputies driving their standard overnight patrol at approximately 3 a.m. His face had been slashed.
“Ended up coming across a young man that was more or less stumbling down the road covered in blood,” Undersheriff Derek Woodman said.
Police haven’t released the victim’s name, but they said he told them he knew the attacker.
Deputies say the teen had more severe cuts and other severe injuries. He was first taken to the hospital in Frisco but then airlifted to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood. Deputies say he nearly bled to death. They believe the teen was stabbed, but they’re not exactly sure with what.
“A knife of some sort — definitely a sharp-edged object, not really sure what the mechanism beyond that is, so we’re trying to put that together right now,” Woodman said.
According to deputies, the victim — who is from out of state — was in the Denver metro area on Monday and went to the mountains on Monday with other people. He was assaulted near Sapphire Point.
The victim underwent surgery and is recovering. Detectives from Summit County have traveled to Lakewood to interview him, which they hope will help them piece together what happened.
“He’s doing pretty well right now. Detectives have been in Denver, they have spoken with him, have gotten some additional information that we are following up on, but this is definitely an assault of some sort,” Woodman said.