NC Transgender woman attacked with hatchet now facing sex assault charges

A transgender woman living in Charlotte says she recently became a victim of violence (Source: Ralayzia Taylor)
A transgender woman living in Charlotte says she recently became a victim of violence (Source: Ralayzia Taylor)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – A transgender woman hurt in a hatchet attack last week is now facing sex crimes charges in the case, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Friday.

Derrick Horton, who goes by Ralayzia Taylor, said she was walking near the Arbor Glen Park on Clanton Road last Monday when two people, one armed with a hatchet, began chasing her. She said one of the people cut her, leading to serious injuries.

Destiny Dagraca, 18, Daijion Tanner, 28, and a 15-year-old were all charged in the case.

Derrick Horton (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Derrick Horton (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office)

CMPD says Horton later admitted during an interview that the crime was not random.

“Detectives also determined that Horton and the 15-year-old engaged in a sex act prior to the assault,” police said.

Horton was arrested in Ohio, where she was staying with family, and served warrants for statutory sex offense and indecent liberties with a child.

Tanner and Dagraca were charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted murder, kidnapping and felony conspiracy. The 15-year-old was charged with attempted murder.

Horton previously told WBTV the suspects used gay slurs during the attack, and that she considered the incident a “hate crime.”

Eventually the attack stopped, and Horton said she was able to run away and ask people for help. Police say they were called to the area just before 1 p.m.

Horton required dozens of stitches and still has marks on her body from the attack.

She is now awaiting extradition to Charlotte.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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