A transgender woman who accused three teens, including a 15-year-old boy, of slashing her with a hatchet during a robbery has been arrested and accused of committing a sex act with the under-aged teen in the minutes before the robbery.
The robbery victim, Derrick Horton, who currently goes by the name Ralayzia Taylor, suggested to police that the Nov. 7 incident was a random act of violence that occurred because she is gay and transgender. However, investigators said Friday that subsequent interviews revealed Taylor and the 15-year-old had engaged in a sex act prior to the assault.
As a result, detectives have charged Taylor, 24, with one count of statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child, said a police statement.
Taylor was arrested and served the warrants Thursday night in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the home of a relative. Taylor’s return to Charlotte through the extradition process is underway, officials said.
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Taylor had accused the three robbery suspects of repeatedly calling her a “faggot” during the 10-minute beating and stabbing.
Investigators say the incident occurred Nov. 7 off Clanton Road. Taylor told officers she had been robbed by three people armed with a hatchet. The suspects stabbed and cut Taylor several times, causing non-life threatening injuries, investigators say.
Police eventually arrested Dajion Tanner, Destiny Dagraca, both 18, and a 15-year-old male juvenile in the case. Tanner and Dagraca were both charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted murder, kidnapping and felony conspiracy. The 15-year-old juvenile was charged with attempted murder.
Taylor says she is a native of Cincinnati and moved to Charlotte a year ago, due to conflicts with family members over her decision to transition from a man to a woman.
Anyone with information concerning these cases or the suspects is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Detective Sobol is the lead detective in this case. To learn more about the Crime Stoppers mobile app, please visit http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.