Teenagers accused of carving SWASTIKA into classmate’s forehead with
box cutter to be tried as adults as bail is set at $3 MILLION each
- Dustyn Murrain, 16, told police he met Jenna Montgomery, 15, on Feb 10
- She allegedly lured him to shed in Southeast Portland where three other teenagers were waiting, including Blue
Kalmbach, 15 and Jess Taylor, 17
- Teenagers allegedly tortured Murrain with a BB gun and a crowbar, then used a box cutter to carve a swastika in his forehead
- Murrain managed to escape and get help following gruesome attack
- Group arrested and charged with kidnap, assault, robbery and menacing
except the fourth suspect, an unnamed 14 year-old, to be prosecuted as
adults and remanded in custody with a $3 million bail bond each
07:58 EST, 20 February 2014
11:33 EST, 20 February 2014
Three teenagers - one female and
two males - are to be tried as adults after allegedly luring a
16-year-old boy into a shed, shooting him with a BB gun, attacking him
with a crow bar and carving a swastika into his forehead with a box
Montgomery, 15, Blue Christian Kalmbach, 15, and Jess Taylor, 17,
pleaded not guilty to attacking 16-year-old Dustyn Murrain and were each
held on a $3 million bail bond at a court hearing yesterday.
fourth suspect, an unnamed 14-year-old male, who is also accused of
taking part in the assault on the schoolboy, will be tried as a juvenile
on less serious charges.
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Tried as an adult: Mugshot of Jenna Montgomery who is accused of luring the victim.
Accused: Blue Christian James Kalmbach (left) and Jess Taylor (right) are being held on a $3 million bail bond
Police now suspect the foursome
launched the gruesome attack, which took place on February 10 behind a
house in Southeast Portland, in a bid to steal the victim's skateboard
Police also suggested the victim had been perceived as a bully and the four saw the attack as retaliation.
victim, told police he was lured to the shed by Miss Montgomery, a
fellow David Douglas High School student, who he had met earlier in the
Murrain said he was
invited to meet the girl at Southeast 122nd Avenue and Powell Boulevard,
according to prosecutor Christopher Ramras.
Jenna Montgomery allegedly told police that she
and the three other accused concocted the plan the night before the
attack and agreed that she would be 'the bait'
Scene: The shed where the violent assault occurred, which is behind a house in southeast Portland. Four teens have been charged
Police have said they are struggling to
determine a motive for why the teens allegedly lured Dustin Murrain to
this shed and brutally attacked him
When he did, she then walked him to a nearby home and he followed her into the shed in the backyard.
There, he was confronted by three other boys.
According to Murrain's account, he was struck in the back of the head with a silver crowbar once he entered the shed.
He also was ordered to take off his shirt.
Murrain removed his shirt, one of the teens, identified as Blue
Christian Kalmbach, 15, is accused of shooting Murrain in the chest, the
groin and index finger with a BB gun.
is then accused of using a box cutter to carve a 'swastika-shaped
insignia' into Murrain's forehead, according to the court affidavit.
When Murrain questioned what his attackers wanted, they demanded he return with a skateboard and money, the affidavit said.
They rifled through his pockets and stole his iPod, the papers said.
Murrain managed to escape and fled to a nearby auto service shop for assistance.
He was taken to OHSU Hospital for treatment.
Police then located the suspects at 3266 S.E. 111th Ave.
Freaky: A Facebook photo of Jenna Jean
Montgomery. The 15-year-old allegedly admitted to police she and three
other boys had concocted the plan and that she was 'the bait'
Horrific: The teens stand accused of using a
boxcutter, similar to this one, to carve a swastika-like insignia into
the head of Dustin Murrain
The 15-year-old girl
told investigators that she and the boys had concocted the scheme the
night before and that she was to be the 'bait' to lure Murrain to the
shed, the affidavit said.
'She stated that they had all discussed a plan to lure him over to torture him,' the affidavit said.
in an interview with police detectives, admitted he had shot Murrain in
the chest and groin, carved a swaskika into his forehead and had forced
him to eat cat feces, the affidavit said.
Kalmbach, Jess Taylor, 17, and the 14-year-old, were arrested last
week, accused of second-degree assault, first-degree kidnapping,
criminal conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping and first-degree
The four were
booked into Donald E. Long juvenile detention about 4 pm on February 10
and appeared the next day before family law Multnomah County Circuit
Court Kathryn Villa-Smith in Juvenile Court.
Each entered not guilty pleas to the allegations.
14 year-old's case will remain in juvenile court, but the older teens
will be prosecuted as adults for the Measure 11 offenses.
Ramras said he didn't know the motive in the crime, or if Murrain knew the three boys.
Murrain was rushed to OHSU Hospital for treatment after finally fleeing the shed
The shed was behind a home where the 14 year-old was living with his grandparents, Ramras said.
East Precinct Capt. Dave Hendrie said the case was disturbing, even to longtime officers.
was shocking enough that even 20-year veterans were like, 'Wow'...
that's just another level'" of violence that they're not used to
seeing,' Hendrie said.
A grand jury is hearing the case and is expected to return an indictment by Tuesday.
The victim's mother, Kelli Murrain, told KPTV she's worried her son will never get over the incident.
'He's been severely traumatized not just physically, but emotionally,' she said.
something he's gonna live with forever, especially if the scar of
swastika doesn't go away. Every time he looks in the mirror he's gonna
have that memory.
'I'm almost ready to lose faith in humanity at some point, you know, all of this evil is running around, and with our youth.
'It's bad enough that we have the bad guys out there, you know the adult bad guys, but these are young kids.'
Edited by sugabanana - Feb 20 2014 at 7:05pm