, Here is the details of the assault. Both my wife and I put this together, I think I may have been knocked out briefly at points.
On the evening of Thursday July 8 we and our 2 leashed dogs were hiking the southern Dale Ball trail from the Cerro Gordo hairpin to junction 11 and back. Just before junction 11, we stepped off the trail for 2 male mountain who bikers passed us going south. After they were out of sight, a large dog appeared and approached our dogs. While it was not acting aggressively, the running approach frightened our animals, we yelled at the dog. We heard a call from the direction of the 2 bikers and fortunately the dog left.
About 10-15 minutes later (just after 8 pm before sunset), we passed junctions 12 and 11 and were approaching the first hairpin up to the little Shrine. The 2 bikers and large dog again appeared, coming downhill towards us. The dog again headed towards our dogs, upsetting them. As the bikers passed, I told them to use a leash, it is illegal to have unleashed animals. They went down the trail 10/15 yards where one cyclist laid down his bike and ran back up the trail towards us, screaming and cursing at my wife. I handed a leash to my wife, getting between him and my wife while she held our dogs and backed up.
The man put his nose in direct contact with mine, all the while cursing and screaming that he was going to teach us some trail manners. I stepped back, at which point he threw a left hook to my head, knocking off my glasses and blinding me. He picked me up and threw me backwards into a downed tree on the downhill side of the trail. He stood over me, repeatedly striking me about the face. After this stopped, I was able to get out of the dead tree and back on the trail, where he again repeatedly hit me in the face. I went down again and was kicked in the torso, back, and in the right side of the head. He was screaming "I'll kill you".
At this point the other cyclist, who was standing near his friends bike, repeatedly said "let's go". Fortunately he did, and as he left he was shouting "I'm the Big Man".
The assailant: About 6'2", blond-tan hair medium length layered cut, pale somewhat pocked complexion, blue eyes, narrow face and thin pointed features, long thin nose, goatee, about 170 lbs, thin and wiry biker build, very physically fit. I believe left handed (from repeated left hooks). Riding a red hard-tail mountain bike, did not see the brand.
His companion: Did not get a close look, darker complexion (?) long dark brown pony tail. Also on a white (?) hard-tail bike. He stood and witnessed the entire beating but made no physical attempt to intervene.
The dog: Mixed breed, pit bull/Great dane mix? About 70-80 lbs, short hair, very unusual brindled brown/black/gray coloring, boxy pit bull head.
My injuries: split lower lip, bloody bruised nose, black right eye, cuts around right eye, swelling and bruising on right side of head, very sore jaw, severe bruising/contusions on back and sides of rib cage where kicked, abrasions and bruises on both arms and right leg. Luckily nothing broken, I think.
His injuries: None, I was blind and covering my face....
I was able to return home, where paramedics examined me. A police report was filed with Officer James Mietzner, Contact info for the police is Dispatch: 505-428-3710 and investigations 505-955-5038.
We would like to see this guy charged and would consider civil litigation. He is a danger to the community and needs to be off the trails.