Four teens are looking at some serious charges after being accused of kidnapping and torturing one of their classmates.
Police say during a snowstorm on February 10, Jenna Montgomery, 15, lured 16-year-old Dustin Murrain into a shed behind a house. Murrain told police he had met Montgomery earlier that day at David Douglas High School, where they both attended school.
According to Murrain’s account, once he walked into the shed he encountered three teen boys and realized he had fallen for one of the oldest tricks in the book.
First he was struck in the head with a crowbar before being ordered to take off his shirt. Then 15-year-old Blue Kalmbach allegedly shot Murrain in the chest, groin and index finger with a BB gun. Kalmbach then carved a swastika into Murrain’s forehead with a box-cutter and forced Murrain to eat cat shit.
After having his iPod stolen, Murrain escaped the shed and fled to a nearby auto service shop for help. Police were called and Murrain was taken to OHSU Hospital for treatment.
Police were able to apprehend the suspects quickly and brought them in for questioning. Montgomery spilled the beans, admitting she and the boys came up with a plan to torture Murrain the night before, using her as bait to get him inside the shed.
Kalmbach would admit to shooting Murrain, carving the swastika into his forehead and forcing him to swallow down a cat turd. Jess Taylor, 17, admitted he’d held a BB air rifle on Murrain to keep him from escaping.
Montgomery, Kalmbach, Taylor, and 14-year-old Shane Connell were arrested and charged with second-degree assault, first-degree kidnapping, criminal conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping and first-degree robbery. All four have entered not guilty pleas to the allegations.
Because of his age, Connell’s case will remain in juvenile court. The rest will be prosecuted as adults. A grand jury is hearing the case and is expected to return an indictment by Tuesday.
Police said the Murrain may have been targeted because of his possible bullying, and that his attackers were retaliating against him. Murrain’s mother said even if that were true, it didn’t justify what the teens are accused of doing to him.
“There’s no understanding what they did,” she said. “Every time he looks in the mirror he’s gonna have that memory,” she said. Which I assume was kind of the point of carving the swastika in his forehead.