BOULDER, Colo. –

Boulder police are looking for four men who beat up a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon after he confronted them about throwing rocks at the University Hill fraternity house this weekend.

The same house was firebombed last fall, but there is no indication the two cases are related, police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said.

Officers were called to the 1146 12th St. house at about 1:13 a.m. Sunday and found Andrew Smith, 22, with blood dripping from his head, Huntley said.

Smith told police that a fight occurred after he saw four college-aged men throwing rocks at statues outside the fraternity house, according to Huntley. She said Smith confronted the men, who made derogatory comments about him being a “frat boy.”

Smith told officers he “overreacted” and challenged them to fight, and the group ended up wrestling on the ground, Huntley said. Smith, who needed several stitches, thought he hit his head on the bumper of a car, but witnesses said one of the men hit Smith with a beer bottle.

Police are looking for the suspects but have only vague descriptions. They’re described as four white college-aged males, all standing about five-feet eight-inches tall, Huntley said.

If police find them, the men could face second-degree assault charges, she said.

No one has been arrested in the firebombing case, which happened in October. Someone tossed a Molotov cocktail into the house, causing a fire that was quickly extinguished before a fight ensued outside.

Marc Stine, a “Greek advocate” employed by Boulder’s Interfraternity Council, said he was unable to reach the fraternity’s officers Monday but had no reason to believe the two incidents were related.

Camera reporter Amy Bounds contributed to this report.

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3/23/2009 1:08:02 PM

It couls have been those manly looking chicks from tri-Delta…


3/23/2009 1:36:49 PM

orbisonLOLNo shite!


3/23/2009 1:37:07 PM

Paramedics don’t give stitches.


3/23/2009 1:59:15 PM

I wonder where one would find white college aged men 5’8″ tall.

I love spring break.


3/23/2009 1:59:24 PM

If I ever got beat up by some guy who was 5’8″ tall, I probably wouldn’t admit to it publicly.Unless he was built like a fire hydrant.

3/23/2009 2:10:00 PM

The womens tennis team is kicking butt.


3/23/2009 2:13:10 PM

CU Letterman are so tough!


3/23/2009 2:36:49 PM

Do the “thug dance” you frat-boi fools.


3/23/2009 6:55:29 PM

TheBitterTruth / Uriah is just bitter because he didn’t get a bid from any house.

Don’t worry Uriah, you’ll be working, for, a member of the Fraternal system one day.


3/23/2009 8:26:46 PM

TBT… Thug Dance… LOL…

C’mon, Biggie… If anyone should appreciate that comment it should have been you….


3/23/2009 11:30:17 PM

In college, Biggie was promptly elected chapter president of Alpha Lambda Tau where his brothers affectionately referred to him as Mr. Smalls …


3/23/2009 11:48:16 PM

I hate frat boys, let me pay for friends because I can’t make them on my own.


3/24/2009 12:03:49 AM

Was a goat involved? Usually there is a shaved goat and some KY jelly in stories like these. Two frat boys, rollin’ around on the ground, “wrestling” and no goat was seen? Sure. C’mon DC, we want the facts!


3/24/2009 12:06:44 AM

everytime i walk by the frat houses it always smells like poop and KY jelly….what are they doing in there? and for all you sniklers out there….your mom introduced me to the smell

3/24/2009 8:16:42 AM

Well there’s at least one 5’8″ college age guy around campus this week: the quarterback of the CU football team (and the coach’s son). But I’ve seen him try to make a tackle and can be pretty certain he couldn’t beat anyone up.


3/24/2009 9:13:15 AM

Why would the guys that kicked the crap out of this idiot be charged with assault if the victim (in his own statement) said he went looking for trouble?

At least this guy had the balls to say he F’ed up and not report that he was jumped,I’ll give him credit for that.


3/24/2009 5:33:11 PM

“TheBitterTruth / Uriah is just bitter because he didn’t get a bid from any house.

Don’t worry Uriah, you’ll be working, for, a member of the Fraternal system one day.”

Yep…and Biggie will learn about, basic, punctuation and grammar.


3/24/2009 10:08:53 PM