Longmont police posted on Facebook on Tuesday that they are criminally investigating the Dec. 26 Sandstone Ranch skatepark incident that left an 11-year-old boy with serious injuries.
Sgt. Matt Cage said the case is a criminal investigation as per policy anytime there is a serious incident or harm caused.
“Anytime a detective is assigned it typically means we are already investigating it as a crime,” Cage said, adding that sometimes investigations lead to other conclusions and not always to an arrest and criminal charges filed.
Austin Vance said that when was riding his bicycle through the skate park course Dec. 26, he asked another parkgoer if he would move out of the way so Austin could use that particular part of the skatepark. In an earlier interview with the Times-Call, Austin’s mother, Jeana Curtis, said Austin told her that the other boy, who was on a scooter, refused. Austin said the boy replied, “How about you (obscenity) move?” before pushing him into the skate park bowl.
Austin suffered a broken left arm, serious injuries to his head as well as bruises up and down the left side of his body. Austin was taken to UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont before he was transferred to The Children’s Hospital.
Longmont detectives are still in the process of identifying potential witnesses and gathering information in this investigation and did not have more information than what was earlier reported.
“We don’t expect another update this week as investigations take some time to conduct thoroughly,” Cage said.
Longmont Public Safety is urging anyone with information about this crime investigation to call Cage at 303-651-8520.