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UPDATE: Attack on sexual assault suspect ends with three men in jail

8-13-2012 Oregon:

10:30 a.m.

Two men allegedly used a wrench and wooden baton to beat a man they suspected of sexually assaulting two young girls, police said.

Moses LaPorte, 18 and Christopher Garrett, 19, are both held in the Jackson County Jail on attempted murder, second- and third-degree assault charges.

The assault took place in Elderberry Flats above the campground near East Evans Creek Road, Jackson County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.
LaPorte and Garrett allegedly drove out there just after 8 p.m. Saturday with Christopher Tabor, 23.

Tabor was allegedly struck once in the head with the baton before fleeing and calling authorities at the Bimor station near the corner of Highway 234 and Antioch Road.

Tabor was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center, treated and released before being arrested by Medford police, the agency investigating the alleged sexual assault.

Sheriff's Office deputies arrested both men just after midnight Sunday in the 300 block of South Oakdale Avenue. The attempted murder charge was added following interviews with both suspects, Carlson said.

10 a.m.

Two Medford men face attempted murder charges for allegedly beating an acquaintance in what police called retaliation for a suspected sexual assault of two girls over the weekend.

The sexual assault suspect also was arrested.

Moses LaPorte, 18, and Christopher Garrett, 19, who both live in the 300 block of South Oakdale Avenue, allegedly drove Christopher Tabor, 23, out to a remote area in the county Saturday night, Medford police said.

"They lured him out to an area in the county and they severely beat him," said Medford police Sgt. Brent Mak.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department responded to an emergency call on the incident and arrested LaPorte and Garrett.

"In the process of arresting them, (police) learned that this is in retaliation for a sexual assault on two minor individuals," Mak said. "We are still investigating."

Sheriff's department officials have not yet returned phone calls to provide details on the incident.

Tabor was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center (correction: the name of the hospital has been updated in the story), where he was treated and released. Medford police then arrested him on first-, second- and third-degree sex abuse charges. He remains in jail today on more than $1 million bail.

LaPorte is held on more than $2 million bail on attempted murder, second- and third-degree assault charges. Garrett is held on more than $1 million bail on the same charges.

Court records show none of the three men have any criminal history in Jackson County. ..Source.. by Ryan Pfeil

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