2 suspects accused in baseball bat beating arrested in Boulder

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(Credit: Boulder Police Department)
(Credit: Boulder Police Department)
(Credit: Boulder Police Department)
(Credit: Boulder Police Department)

BOULDER, Colo. — Police say a man who was assaulted in his apartment late Monday was in the hospital in critical condition Tuesday night.

It happened just before midnight in the 5600 block of Arapahoe Avenue.

“At approximately 11:58 p.m., a male caller told police dispatchers that he believed his friend had been assaulted with a baseball bat and the caller wanted officers to check on the victim,” Boulder police spokeswoman Kim Kobel says.

Police found 30-year-old Aaron Matthew Tuneberg beaten and unconscious inside his apartment.

“The caller, 18-year-old Luke Jonah Pelham, told investigators that he had been to Tuneberg’s home to pick up an item Tuneberg had borrowed from a mutual friend. Pelham told police that, as he was leaving, he passed a male on the stairs who was carrying a baseball bat and that he heard sounds he believed were consistent with someone being beaten with a baseball bat,” Kobel says.

Pelham told police he called them nearly an hour later after he walked home.

Investigators later found out the 30-year-old victim and two suspects knew each other.

Police arrested 18-year-old Austin Holford at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday. They found him sleeping in a van at 30th Street and Iris Avenue. He faces charges of first degree assault and first degree burglary.

Officers also arrested the caller, Pelham. He faces the same charges.

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