Isla Vista Foot Patrol (IVFP) officers are investigating an attack in Isla Vista Saturday morning that left two visiting Dartmouth students in need of medical attention.
Daniel Bennewitz and Daniel Sigfried, both 20, were attacked by three unidentified men while walking on the 6600 block of Del Playa Drive around 2 a.m. Saturday. Bennewitz was taken to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital where he received stitches for a lip injury. Sigfried underwent treatment for a severe concussion, a broken right orbital bone and a laceration under his eye. IVFP officer Joel Rivlin said both men were later released and, as of Monday evening, the IVFP had no suspects in the case.
According to the IVFP report, Sigfried and Bennewitz were walking east on DP when a man wearing a black T-shirt and black, hooded sweatshirt began yelling obscenities at them. The two men continued walking, but were then attacked by three men who ran out from under a balcony. One man attacked Bennewitz, while the other two punched Sigfried. Both Bennewitz and Sigfried were knocked to the ground and, once they got up, ran in opposite directions.
Officers responding to the fight found Bennewitz walking near the intersection of DP and Camino del Sur holding a bloody shirt to his face. They contacted him and took him to the hospital.
Deputies did not find Sigfried until 5:00 a.m., when the hospital informed officers that he was in their care. IVFP officer Marty Rose went to the hospital to see Sigfried, who asked Rose what happened approximately 30 times. Each time Rose answered him, Sigfried immediately forgot and asked again.
Officers investigating the incident visited the scene of the fight and spoke to the man who had allegedly yelled at Bennewitz and Sigfried. The man told the officers that he had only been yelling at a movie and did not see the fight.
The IVFP is still investigating the incident.