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2 CU students arrested on suspicion of hate crime

12:08 PM, Mar 12, 2007   |    comments
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Boulder Police say the incident started when a 23-year-old man was walking near 10th and Pearl Streets with his arm around his friend, who was a 19-year-old man, and two men behind them reportedly made derogatory comments.

The victim says he ignored the first comment which he believed was directed toward him, but turned to confront 21-year-old Adam Perez and 21-year-old Eric Schorling after a second comment was made.

After a short verbal exchange, one of the men pushed the victim and a fight broke out, according to police.

The fight, which was reported at about 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, continued until one of the victims was able to punch one of the men and separate himself from them, authorities say.

Police arrived on scene to find all four men had suffered minor injuries, but none of them needed to be transported to the hospital.

Perez was arrested for second degree assault and bias motivated crimes. Police say Perez's second degree assault charge stems from a strangle hold he is accused of placing on one of the victims.

Schorling was arrested for third degree assault, bias motivated crimes and felony criminal mischief. Police say Schorling is accused of breaking an expensive pair of glasses belonging to the victim during the altercation.

Both Perez and Schorling were booked at the Boulder County Jail where their bond was set at $5,000 each.

Authorities say both Perez and Schorling are students at the University of Colorado.

Police say this reported hate crime is not related to a suspected hate crime which occurred in Boulder on February 21 when a 21-year-old woman from Naropa University was beaten after rebuffing two men's sexual advances by telling them she was a lesbian.

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