PORTLAND, Ore. – Four teenagers were indicted Tuesday for allegedly torturing a 16-year-old boy in a shed in Southeast Portland, reports CBS affiliate KOIN. The suspects are accused of using a box cutter to carve a swastika into the victim’s forehead, among other abusive acts.
Two 15-year-olds and one 17-year-old appeared individually in juvenile court Wednesday; each suspect pleaded not guilty. They are charged with kidnapping, conspiracy and assault and will all be tried as adults. The teens are being held on nearly $3 million bail each.
The fourth suspect, a 14-year-old, is in juvenile court being processed.
The Oregonian identified the victim as Dustin Murrain.
said that Murrian was violently attacked by three boys, ages 17, 15 and 14. He was
hit in the head with a heavy metal object, ordered to take off his shirt and
shot in the chest and groin with a BB gun. The documents said that a swastika
was carved into his forehead with a box cutter. The teen was forced
to eat cat feces, police said.
According to court documents, the victim was lured to the shed by a 15-year-old girl, a fellow student at David Douglas High School.
The Oregonian reports that the girl told investigators that she and the boys thought up the scheme the night before, and that she would be used as "bait."
“It was shocking enough that even 20-year veterans were like, ‘Wow’… that’s just another level,” East Precinct Capt. Dave Hendrie told the Oregonian, in reference to the disturbing nature of the case.
The victim fled to a nearby business and asked employees to call the police after his assailants let him go, demanding that he return with money and a skateboard, the documents said.
KOIN reports that Murrain is currently recovering from his injuries.