Hikers robbed on scenic Flagstaff Mountain overlook in Boulder County Saturday night

B.C.S.O. seeks help finding hiking trail robbers

BOULDER COUNTY, Colo. - Boulder County authorities are looking for two men who held up a couple that was hiking on Flagstaff Summit Road Saturday night.

The victims told sheriff’s deputies they had parked at the Realization Point Trailhead and were heading up to the amphitheater when they were accosted by two men.

According to a Boulder County Sheriff’s Office news release, one of the men shined a flashlight at the couple and then brandished what appeared to be a handgun.

The victims told deputies that the men ordered them to place all of their belongings on the ground. The men picked up the items and ran back down toward the trailhead.

Several hikers using the same trail Sunday told 7NEWS they were surprised by the allegations.

“I actually thought what I had to keep an eye out for were other animals,” said Rob Smariga, who was out walking his dog.

“I’m really surprised,” said Gregory Malanowski, who was out hiking with his wife. “I consider this a very safe area.”

“But it’s an unpleasant feeling,” said Malanowski’s wife, Andrea. “I probably won’t go hiking by myself.”

Some hikers wondered why anyone would want to hike on Flagstaff Mountain late at night, but Jerry and CeCe Cotton say quite a few do.

“We hike up here at night, Jerry said. “The stars are great up here. You can see everything.”

“I’m shocked by it,” CeCe said. “It was beautiful last night. The wind had died down later in the evening. It was a full moon. They were probably just out enjoying the evening.”

Authorities say one of the men was about 6 feet tall and was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt.

The other was described as about 5’8” tall and was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt.

The victims told deputies that when they parked at the trailhead a silver SUV -- possibly a Toyota -- was also parked there. The couple noticed that the SUV was gone when they returned to the trailhead.

The victims contacted another couple who were hiking down Flagstaff Summit Road and used one of their cell phones to call 911 at about 9:45 p.m., according to investigators.

Anyone with any information pertinent to this case is asked to contact the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office at (303) 441-4444.

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