CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A strange twist in an already unusual case: Police say the alleged victim in a hatchet attack is also the suspect in a sex assault on a child and the FBI is investigating a possible hate crime.
Even detectives admit this case has taken a lot of turns.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Lieutenant Tom Barry told reporters, “I'll bring you up to speed as clearly as I can to work though this."
Police say Destiny Dagraca, Daijon Tanner and a third suspect, a 15-year-old, robbed and attacked Derrick Horton at a west Charlotte park with a hatchet.
“The suspects stabbed and cut Horton several times with the hatchet causing non-life threatening injuries."
Police believe the hatchet attack was in response to a sexual assault; investigators say the 15-year-old suspect in the hatchet attack old told them Horton assaulted him hours before he and two friends came back with the hatchet.
“Detectives determined Horton and the juvenile engaged in a sex act prior to the assault,” Lieutenant Barry said.
Police say Horton legally identifies as a man on his license, but sources say Horton lives as a transgendered woman, and police confirm the FBI is investigating and is likely to determine if this was a hate crime.
“They’re continuing to monitor the cases as we go forward."
CMPD detectives traveled to Ohio to interview and arrest Horton. Horton is in a Cincinnati Jail until extradition back to Charlotte.
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