Four Oregon teenagers accused of carving a swastika into a fellow high school student’s forehead and shooting him with a BB gun spent an evening plotting how to torture him, according to authorities.
According to an affidavit filed Tuesday, the attack on Feb. 10 ended after the teens demanded that the 16-year-old victim fetch cash from an ATM. Instead, he fled to an automotive shop and asked employees to call police.
The teen said a schoolmate, 15-year-old Jenna Montgomery, asked him to hang out after school and when he got there, she led him to a shed. Blue Kalmbach, 15, was waiting there and shot him with a BB gun before carving a swastika into his head with a box cutter.
Jess Taylor, 17, and a 14-year-old boy were also involved in the attack, and Taylor admitted she assisted by penning ideas for the attack beforehand, Multnomah County assistant district attorney Chris Ramras wrote in an affidavit.
The victim told investigators Kalmbach made him take off his shirt and then shot him in the chest, the groin and one of his hands.
Authorities tracked the suspects down in a house a half-mile from the shed.
The three who are 15 and older were charged as adults with about 20 counts each, including kidnapping, robbery and assault. The 14-year-old boy will be prosecuted in juvenile court.
John Bier, principal of David Douglas High School in southeast Portland, said Friday the alleged attackers and their victim were "only vaguely involved" with the school.
Bier said investigators told him that the five teenagers were all friends at one point, but had a falling out.
— The Associated Press
First published February 21 2014, 10:49 PM