Three Men Arrested For the Beating of a Corvallis Transgender woman

(From left to right: Dylan Guido, Riley Westbrooks, Kyle Rackley)

 Three men have been arrested and charged with a hate crime for the October 24th beating of transgender woman Charlotte Osieczanek, an overnight 7-Eleven clerk in Corvallis Oregon.

  • Dylan Guido, 21, of Roseburg was charged with first-degree bias crime and third-degree assault.
  • Riley Westbrooks, 21, of Myrtle Creek was charged with first-degree bias crime and third-degree assault
  • Kyle Rackley, 22, of Sutherlin was charged with third-degree assault.

  • A bias crime in the first degree is a Class C felony. Third-degree assault in Oregon is a Class C felony that has consequences of up to 5 years of jail time and up to $125,000 in fines.

     Dylan Guido and Riley Westbrooks are charged with Bias Crime in the First Degree for "intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing physical injury to another person because of the person’s perception of the other person’s race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or national origin."

     The transgender community was deeply concerned that Corvallis police were not pursuing the case as diligently as they would have if a cisgender person had been the victim.

    Two images of the assailants were widely disseminated on Twitter entering the 7-11 the day the crime occurred. The entire attack was well documented by the store's security cameras. And two of the suspects were named on Twitter leaving many to wonder why the men were not taken into custody immediately.

     Chief Nick Hurley thanked the public for their help and issued the following statement:

     "Corvallis PD takes all cases of hate and violence seriously and our Officers and Detectives have been working on this case since it was reported. CPD’s commitment to our community is to conduct professional and impartial investigations recognizing the community’s concern for safety and justice. We extend our thanks to the members of the community who stood up to hate and assisted us in identifying the individuals involved in this case." 

     Oregon State University confirmed on Twitter that one of the people arrested was a student there until May 2020.

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