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Athletes held in Rock Creek attack

Two star Hillsboro high school athletes have been arrested and charged in a violent home invasion robbery in Rock Creek.

One is Xavier Mitchell, 18, a senior at Century High School. Mitchell just finished the football season, where he was a first-team All-Pacific Conference selection at receiver. He also started for the Century basketball team last year.

The other is Kei-Jan Buckley, 18, a 2012 Liberty High School graduate. Buckley placed second in the high jump competition at last spring’s Class 5A state track and field championships. He transferred to Liberty from Century and is enrolled at the University of Oregon.

Mitchell, Buckley and two other men are accused of entering an apartment in the Rock Creek area, beating the 20-year-old occupant unconscious, and stealing marijuana and electronic equipment.

The third suspect, 18-year-old Stanley Armitage of Beaverton, was also arrested in connection with the attack.

The fourth suspect is Dylan Thomas Trotter, 20, of Hillsboro. Sheriff's deputies believe Trotter may be in Eugene.

The victim, Chad Smith, 20, suffered a fractured jaw and other injuries.

“We are asking the public to help us with this case. We know that people talk and the information is out there. We are asking anyone who can help us to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office,” says Sgt. Bob Ray, the sheriff’s office spokesman.

Mitchell, Buckley and Armitage have each been charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, third-degree felony assault and unlawful use of a weapon. They are lodged in the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bail each.

Trotter is wanted on the same charges.

Mitchell, Buckley and Armitage pleaded not guilty when they were arraigned. The are scheduled to appear at a preliminary court hearings on Monday, Dec. 3.

The sheriff’s office says the victim knows the three suspects who were arrested, but not Trotter.

According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded to a robbery report at the Rock Creek Apartments at 11:49 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23. The apartments are at Northwest 185th Avenue and Rock Creek Boulevard, an area of the Enhanced Sheriff’s Patrol District.

Deputies said four men broke into the victim’s apartment through an unlocked sliding glass door while the victim was home alone. Deputies were told the intruders beat the victim unconscious. When the victim regained consciousness, he said the four men were stealing electronics and marijuana from the apartment.

Deputies tracked down and arrested Mitchell, Buckley and Armitage within seven hours. It took them a few days to identify Trotter as the fourth suspect.




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