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Men charged with assaulting suspected sex abuser

Two Medford men face attempted murder charges for allegedly beating their roommate with a baton in what police say was retaliation for a suspected sexual assault on two teenage girls over the weekend.

The beating victim also was arrested and charged in connection with the alleged sexual assault.

Moses LaPorte, 18, and Christopher Garrett, 19, who both live in the 300 block of South Oakdale Avenue, allegedly drove

(correction: Tabor's first name has been corrected in this version of the story) Mark Alexander Tabor, 23, to the remote Elderberry Flats campground, about 20 miles north of Rogue River, 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.

LaPorte and Garrett allegedly drove to the campground just after 8 p.m. Saturday with Tabor under the premise of a "guys' night," Jackson County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said.

Police said the men were armed with a baton and a wrench. Tabor was allegedly struck in the head with the baton before fleeing. He caught a ride and was dropped off at a gas station in White City, where he called authorities."

"It doesn't sound like (the assault) went on for very long," Carlson said.

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

Sheriff's Department 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.

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

Sheriff's Department officials did not return phone calls seeking more details on the incident.

Medford police arrested Tabor on charges of first-, second- and third-degree sex abuse charges. He was jailed with more than $1 million bail as of Monday afternoon. Mak said he couldn't provide details about what happened during the alleged sexual assault. It is suspected to have taken place in Medford and was not reported to authorities.

"We are still investigating," he said.

LaPorte and Garrett were arraigned on attempted murder, second- and third-degree assault charges Monday afternoon. They were being held on $750,000 bail each in the Jackson County Jail. Both have preliminary hearings scheduled at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20.

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

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.