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Hazing suspected at house in Allston

In an incident that Boston police say probably involved hazing, five men were found in an Allston basement taped wrist-to-wrist, covered in condiments, and wearing only underwear after police responded to a complaint of loud music at the house early Monday morning, authorities said.

Police said they believe the house at 24 Ashford St. is occupied by members of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. There are two framed pictures of members of the fraternity in a common area of the house, according to police.

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The five taped-up men, all Boston University students, had red welts and marks covering their backs, according to police. The men had been doused with flour, coffee grounds, fish sauce, chili sauce, honey, hot sauce, and mustard, police said. They were also missing chunks of hair where their heads had been shaved, police said.

All five men declined medical treatment after they were found by police shortly after midnight.

Alpha Epsilon Pi has no affiliation with BU, according to a university spokesman.

Colin Riley, the BU spokesman, said that although the fraternity is not affiliated with the school and Boston police responded first to the complaint, BU students involved will face the university’s judicial board.

“Just because it happened off campus, it doesn’t mean they’ll go unpunished,’’ Riley said. “There are alleged victims here who we care about, and hazing is illegal here in Massachusetts.’’

Members of Alpha Epsilon Pi were not available for comment Monday night, and a spokesman for the fraternity’s headquarters in Indiana declined to comment. The fraternity’s lawyer also did not return calls Monday night.

The 11 men who live in the Allston house are being investigated as suspects, according to police spokesman David Estrada. The residents failed to cooperate with police, and some were found hiding, police said.

The suspected hazing follows the suspension of BU sorority Sigma Delta Tau after an alleged hazing case in which underage women were forced to drink to the point of requiring hospitalization, according to Riley. He said members of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity were also involved in the alleged Sigma Delta Tau hazing.

“This is serious, and what’s more troubling is that members of the same group were involved in a recent incident,’’ Riley said.

Riley said he is concerned about how these alleged hazing cases reflect on the university and other Greek organizations on campus. “I wouldn’t want them to be painted with the same brush,’’ he said.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at
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