P.C. Ski Team director attacked
October 24, 2008
Four people attacked the director of the Park City Ski Team on a normally quiet street in Prospector Oct. 17, leaving him with cuts that required stitches in his head and face and numerous bruises, the police and the man said.
Dave Galusha said a car hit him as well during the attack, which happened outside his Monarch Drive residence. Galusha said on Thursday he is "doing fine."
He declined to discuss the incident in detail, saying he does not want to jeopardize the police investigation.
According to the Park City Police Department, police officers were called to the 2200 block of Monarch Drive at 11:28 p.m. by a person telling dispatchers four men were assaulting Galusha.
Darwin Little, a police sergeant, said at least three police officers responded, finding the four men. The officers arrested one of the men at the scene and another on Thursday afternoon on Monarch Drive. Little said the police are continuing their investigation into the others. Arrested were:
Andrew Lymberopoulos, 22. Summit County jail officials said he is charged with assault, burglary and criminal mischief. He was released after posting $12,405 bail.
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Michael Edgerton, 24. The jail said he is charged with assault. He was released after posting $925 bail.
Little said Galusha heard a disturbance outside his residence, went outside and found the four men. They reacted angrily when he asked them what they were doing, Little said.
"They were quite belligerent with him, cussing and swearing," Little said.
Lymberopoulos and Edgerton punched and kicked Galusha, Little said. He said the other two might have tried to stop Lymberopoulos and Edgerton. Galusha identified the two the police arrested, but he could not confirm whether the other two assaulted him, Little said.
Little said Lymberopoulos and his girlfriend argued in the minutes before Galusha appearing. He said Lymberopoulos also might have argued with the other three before the attack.
"He was not targeted. He was just there. He came out, like a good citizen would," Little said, adding, "This was uncalled for, out of line."
An ambulance crew treated Galusha at the scene.
The Park City Ski Team is a well-regarded developmental organization that produced Olympic skiing champion Ted Ligety and other World Cup-level skiers.
According to the organization’s Web site, 10 alumni were named to the 2007 U.S. Ski Team, and three, including Ligety, made the team that competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy.
Violence in Park City neighborhoods is rare, and many of the assault cases the police investigate occur on or near Main Street. The Police Department counted 87 assaults in 2007, the most since 1999.