Update on Brutal Possible Hate Crime in Terlingua, Texas
More on the possible west Texas hate crime I posted about this morning in which a 19-year-old man whose name is being withheld was kidnapped and repeatedly sexually assaulted by two men before his car was set on fire in the Texas ghost town of Terlingua on Sunday. It is unclear whether the victim was gay, but two other news outlets are reporting that the victim was 18, not 19. 27-year-old Kristopher Buchanan and 46-year-old Daniel Martinez (below) are in jail for the attack.
Right now there are more questions than answers.
Martinez is being charged with sexual assault - brief video report here. Charges are expected for Buchanan.
The Dallas Voice reports that they've been having trouble reaching the sheriff's office in Terlingua and wonder if they are possibly trying to cover something up. They provide a number to the sheriff's office - 432-837-3488.
John Wright from the Voice also reports a few more details:
"I’ve been unable to confirm rumors that the sexual assault involved the victim being sodomized with a tire iron. According to media reports, the victim met the two suspects at the Boathouse bar in Terlingua Ghost Town, near the Texas-Mexico border and the Big Bend National Forest. The suspects reportedly hit the teen over the back of the head and kidnapped him. The suspects drove the victim in his own car to a remote location in south Brewster County, before sexually assaulting him and burning the car. They then took him to a private residence, where they again sexually assaulted him before he managed to escape. The victim crossed 3 miles of harsh desert terrain on foot to a highway, where he was eventually found by a sheriff’s deputy at about 1 a.m. Monday. NewsWest 9 reports that the victim was bleeding and bruised, and that he was taken to Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine, where it was confirmed that he’d been sexually assaulted. He was treated and released."
Said John Waters, publisher of The Big Bend Gazette: “I have never encountered a case as violent as this."