UW frat-house intruders incite brawl; 7 arrested
Witnesses said the suspects were out for revenge because fraternity members the night before had turned away a man trying to make an unsolicited visit to his ex-girlfriend, who was renting space at the frat house.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Six members of a University of Washington fraternity were injured and seven intruders arrested after a brawl Wednesday night that began with a dispute over a woman the night before, according to police and witnesses.
Several members of the Delta Upsilon fraternity, where the fight occurred, were injured seriously enough to require hospital treatment, Seattle police said.
Police said the seven suspects were among a larger group that broke into the fraternity on 19th Avenue Northeast armed with bottles, pepper spray, a fire extinguisher and brass knuckles.
Witnesses said they were out for revenge.
An Auburn woman has been renting space in the fraternity for the summer, one of her friends said. Sublets are common at fraternities during summer break.
The woman's ex-boyfriend tried to get into the fraternity Tuesday to pay her an unsolicited visit, her friend said, but members of the frat prevented him from entering.
The following night the man returned with a group of friends, witnesses said.
Paul Davis, a member of a fraternity nearby, said he was playing basketball in the driveway when a group of 12 to 14 serious and "suspicious" looking men approached.
The men, who he said were speaking Russian , crawled into Delta Upsilon's open library window, Davis said.
As they did so, Davis said he yelled to his neighbors, "Hey, someone's breaking into your house."
The brawl took place on several floors of the house, police said.
Three residents suffered from pepper-spray exposure and three were cut with glass from broken bottles, according to police.
Davis said that when police arrived, the intruders began to flee.
The seven suspects were jailed for investigation of burglary, and police say the investigation is continuing.
Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.
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