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Deputies: Woman raped by five men at rural Oregon music festival

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Deputies with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office are investigating after a woman reported being raped by five men at a rural music festival in Scio.

Deputies said the 21-year-old woman was at the Silver Dollar Tavern in Scio on Saturday night, when two men approached her. She had drinks with them and at around 1 a.m. Sunday agreed to go with them to a nearby music festival. There, the woman reported, she was raped by the two men and three of their friends.

She was treated at the Santiam Hospital in Stayton and was later released.

“I can’t even imagine. If she was my daughter I’d be hell bent to find these guys,” said Doug Carnie. “We were totally in shock about what happened, it’s really super unfortunate. The whole incident is just beyond anything we could ever imagine.”

Carnie has put on the Northwest World Reggae Festival for the last 12 years. The three-day festival kicked off Friday for its second year in the small town of Scio, southeast of Salem.

He described it as a family-friendly event that attracts 800 people for camping, dancing and good music – and alcohol is not allowed inside.

Deputies say the suspects are described as black men, in their late 20s or early 30s. They were driving a rental motorhome with Washington plates that had a vinyl wrap with a large dog and an “800” number on the side.

Carnie heard Monday that a group of men matching the description of the suspects in this case kept trying to sneak into the festival.

“They were parked in the very back of our RV parking area,” he said. “They never paid, they never came onto the property as far as the festival site, and our security had actually not let them through four or five different times.”

“It was kind of a surprise, because everyone was having such a good time and then all of a sudden we hear about this really scary thing,” said Jillian Noble, who attended the festival with her friends.

Now, Linn County deputies are asking anyone with information that might help solve this case to call them at 541-967-3950.

“It’s really unfortunate they decided to prey on somebody at the local bar here, it’s just beyond us,” Carnie said. “We are doing a lot of internal talking with everybody and we’re writing up reports and working with the sheriff to make sure these guys are caught.”

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