Friday, February 22, 2008

Frat Boys Arrested for Off Campus Trashing

CU students arrested for trashing Estes Park hotel rooms
By Jon Pilsner
The Reporter-Herald
Nine University of Colorado students face criminal mischief charges after they allegedly destroyed two rooms at an Estes Park motel.

The students, all freshmen members of the Delta Chi fraternity, will be charged with felony criminal mischief and underage alcohol consumption after they were arrested early Sunday morning at the Super 8 Motel, 1040 Big Thompson Ave.

At around 2:39 a.m. Sunday, Estes Park police were dispatched to room Nos. 5 and 6 on reports that the occupants were having a loud party, police said.

When they arrived, they discovered an “extreme amount of damage,” including a 3 foot by 1 foot hole between the bathroom and bedroom; ceiling fans pulled down and destroyed; heating units ripped off the walls and destroyed; vomit and blood in many places; and a coffeepot filled with urine.

Additionally, tables were in pieces, one mirror had been pulled off the wall and shattered and other pieces of furniture were broken or torn apart.

Estes Park Det. Rick Life said cost of the damage was estimated at $7,000.

William Martin, Andrew Sapiro, Anthony Cronin, Britt Cherster, Kyle Jungles, Kyle Maltz, Lukas Feyh, Matthew Bowen and Nicholas Mortimer were all arrested and will be charged in connection with the crime.

All of the men are between the ages of 18 and 20. None of the students is from Loveland.
Bronson Hilliard, spokesman for the university, said the school would conduct its own investigation alongside the criminal one. If the students are found to have broken the school’s code of student conduct, they could be suspended.

“To us, this is a ridiculously unnecessary incident,” Hilliard said. “We hold our students to a high standard of personal conduct.”