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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Michigan Man Arrested for Climbing Mount Rushmore

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a South Rockwood, Michigan, man was arrested for climbing Mount Rushmore. 

Zachary Schossau, 19, was arrested on July 22, 2018, by U.S. Park Rangers.  Schossau appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollman on July 23, 2018, and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and a $30 court processing fee.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the National Park Service remind and caution the public that climbing Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a violation of the law, and offenders will be prosecuted.

“Please be respectful and stay off the Rushmore Memorial,” said U.S. Attorney Parsons.  “The terrain is hazardous, and it ends in federal court.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathryn Rich prosecuted the case.

Updated July 25, 2018