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Publish Date: 10/7/2005

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Sketch of slain intruder released
Man still unidentified


BOULDER — Sheriff’s investigators are still trying to identify a man who was killed by a Boulder County couple with a baseball bat and knife after he tried to force his way into their home.

The office released a sketch Thursday based on a morgue photograph of the man.

The man was killed on the front porch at 135 Poorman Road just off of Sunshine Canyon. Lt. Phil West, spokesman for the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, said the man, who was wearing a mask and wielding a fake gun, rang the doorbell at about 10:25 p.m. Monday, then tried to force his way in when Becci Starr answered the door.

Starr, 59, fought him off with a baseball bat. Her husband, Scott Mattes, heard the commotion and tackled the man. Both men tumbled out the door and onto the porch.

The intruder pulled out a knife; as Starr continued to hit the man with a bat, Mattes wrested away the knife and stabbed the man, according to reports.

District Attorney Mary Lacy said Thursday that she does not intend to file charges against Starr or Mattes.

West said Thursday that efforts to identify the man using fingerprint databases and photo recognition among law enforcement officers have failed.

“We don’t have anything promising at this point. Fingerprints have not worked. Photo recognition hasn’t worked,” West said. “We’re kind of running out of things to pursue, so we’re putting out the sketch in hopes that somebody will recognize him.”

The only vehicle apparently associated with the intruder is a bicycle discovered at the scene.

The man is described as white, possibly with some Hispanic heritage, in his late 20s or early 30s, 175 pounds, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a muscular build. He has brown eyes and short, wavy brown hair, a small scar on his shin and several irregular, nonsurgical scars on his right thigh. He has a tattoo on his left shoulder and another on his right ankle.

The sketch and color photos of the tattoos can be viewed at www.bouldersheriff.org.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call Detective Steve Ainsworth at 303-441-3627.

Pierrette J. Shields can be reached at 303-684-5273, or by e-mail at pshields@times-call.com.

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