NewNowNext. A homeless transgender woman was brutally attacked on an Oregon beach after using a women’s restroom, Portland’s KATU News reports.
Lauren Jackson, who had recently moved to Oregon from Utah, was beaten last Saturday at Agate Beach State Park in Newport.
According to court records, a woman who had used the public restroom with Jackson complained to her husband, Fred Costanza, 37, about the trans woman. Witnesses say Costanza found Jackson, held her hair, and punched her in the face “more than ten times.”
According to the Newport News Times, Costanza was drunk at the time of his arrest two days later. The Idaho resident is a multi-state offender who was previously arrested for failing to appear in another case.
Costanza, who is being held on $140,000 bail, was indicted Thursday on first-degree bias crime, second-degree assault, menacing, and harassment charges. His next court date is September 3.
Jackson, who has a broken jaw and several skull fractures from the attack, was hospitalized at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Doctors tell her she will need multiple facial reconstructive surgeries.