Man assaulted, robbed in south Corvallis; several suspects in custody

Corvallis Police

On March 14th, 2020, at approximately 10:30pm, Corvallis Police Department Officers were dispatched to the 900 block SE Richland Av where a 28-year-old man reported he had just been assaulted.  The man, who lives in that area, told officers he was getting in his car when he was struck in the head, then beaten by several people while he lay in the street.  The victim reported being struck by a blunt object of some kind, and sustained multiple injuries including a broken rib and several lacerations requiring stitches.  His cell phone was also stolen.  The victim recognized some of his assailants, including Hector Sanchez-Bustillos.

Corvallis Police Department detectives continued the investigation, learning there had been exchanges via telephone between the victim and his ex-wife, Dakota Tagen.  Officers from the Monmouth Police Department located Tagen’s vehicle that night; Officers from the Independence Police Department located Sanchez-Bustillos a short distance from Tagen’s residence and were able to take him into custody after a short foot chase.  They found the victim’s stolen cell phone in Sanchez-Bustillos’ possession.

CPD detectives learned four people participated in the assault: Hector Sanchez-Bustillos, Ralph Champ, Caden Smith, and a 17-year-old male. 

As of April 4th, all suspects in the investigation have been charged.  If anyone has additional information or witnessed the incident, please contact Det. Ty Volin at 541-766-6924

The Corvallis Police Department would like to thank the Monmouth Police Department and the Independence Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

Persons charged in this investigation are as follows:

Hector Sanchez Bustillos
Monmouth resident, age 22
Charges: Assault II, Robbery II, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Theft II

Ralph Owen Champ
Albany Resident, age 20
Charges: Assault II, Conspiracy to Commit Assault II, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery II

Caden Alexander Smith
Lebanon resident, age 18
Charges: Assault II, Robbery II, and Theft II

Juvenile male
Age 17, Albany resident
Lodged at Linn-Benton Juvenile Detention Facility for Assault II,
Conspiracy to Commit Assault II, Conspiracy to Commit Robbery II

Dakota Marie Tagen
Age 22, Monmouth resident
Charges: Conspiracy to Commit Assault II, Conspiracy to Commit Theft II
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