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Publish Date: 10/6/2005

Intruder’s death ruled a homicide
Man has not been identified


BOULDER — Investigators are still working to identify an intruder who was stabbed and beaten by the residents of a Sunshine Canyon home late Monday night.

Boulder County Coroner’s investigators, however, determined Wednesday the man died from multiple sharp and blunt-force injuries; the manner of his death is a homicide.

Boulder County Sheriff’s Lt. Phil West said Scott Mattes, 56, and Becci Starr, 59, fought off a masked man who rang their doorbell and then attempted to force his way into their home, at 135 Poorman Road, at about 10:25 p.m. Monday. The man held a water pistol that looked like a real gun, according to the sheriff’s office.

Starr initially fended off the man using a baseball bat that neighbors said she keeps by the front door.

Mattes said he heard the altercation and rushed to help his wife, tackling the intruder, West said. Both men then tumbled out the door.

During the scuffle, Mattes told investigators, the intruder dropped the fake gun and produced a real knife.

Mattes told investigators that he wrestled with the man, took the knife and stabbed him in self-defense while Starr continued to hit the intruder with the bat.

Neither Mattes nor Starr could be reached for comment Wednesday night.

Fingerprints run through the Colorado Bureau of Investigation database have turned up no identification on the man, West said.

FBI databases will be checked next, and a morgue photo of the man has been distributed to detectives and other law enforcement agencies.

The intruder is described as a white man in his late 20s, with brown hair, brown eyes and a muscular build.

The Boulder County District Attorney’s Office will determine if any charges should be filed or if the “Make My Day” law applies.

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