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Detroit Mob Attack: Total Of 5 Arrests Made By Police

    April 9, 2014
    Tina Volpe
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The entire event was an accident gone wrong when a 10-year-old boy stepped out in front of a pickup truck in Detroit. The driver, 54-year old Steve Utash, pulled over to check on the child but things quickly got out of hand. As many as a dozen people pummeled Utash with their fists and feet, police said.

Now, a fifth person was arrested who was involved in the beating. Officer Dan Donakowski said the arrest came Wednesday, however, police have not released the person’s name, age or any other details.

The others involved in the beating were arraigned on Tuesday, they are 17-year-old Bruce Wimbush Jr., 30-year-old Wonzey Saffold and 24-year-old James Davis. They’re charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to commit great bodily harm.

A 16-year-old boy also faces a hearing on Saturday.

Utash is in a medically induced coma due to head injuries.

The prosecutor’s office said the boy who was struck by Utash’s truck was taken to a local hospital and treated for a leg injury. The boy is at home recovering from the accident.

Police Chief James Craig won’t claim the attack as a “hate crime,” but, he said, “the issue of race is being looked at” as a possible motive.

He did credit a woman who stepped in as Utash was being attacked, CNN affiliate WDIV reported.

“Just her presence, offering aid to this gentleman, may have saved his life,” Craig said.

The woman is Deborah Hughes, who met with Utash’s son Joe, to talk to him about what happened to his father.

“I went to your dad and he was unconscious. He wasn’t doing anything,” she said, WDIV reported. “I go over there and I say, ‘Don’t nobody else hit him. Don’t put your hands on him. Leave him alone!’ And everybody backed up and let me go to work on your dad,” said Hughes, a retired nurse.

She told WDIV that Utash gained consciousness at one point and asked, “Is the boy dead?”

Joe thanked Ms. Hughes for everything she did to save his fathers life.

“I know that you saved him and that means so much to us,” he said, WDIV reported.

None of the charged suspects are believed to be related or linked to the boy or his family, said Jennifer Moreno, a police public information officer. She says the beating was “a spontaneous response.”

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones issued a statement Friday about the incident:

“This senseless vigilante style attack is not the essence of who we are as Detroiters and will not be tolerated,” the statement said.

Utash’s daughter, Felicia, told CNN affiliate WXYZ that she doesn’t want to believe the assault on her father was a hate crime, but she is pleased that suspects have been apprehended.

She, along with her brother and sister, have set up a GoFundMe.com page for their father, who they say does not have health insurance. Donations have exceeded $135,000 in four days.

Police are still searching for the remaining suspects. “By no means are we through with this investigation,” Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody said.

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  • Hitboy

    First catch the rest, then hang them all!

    • The priest

      2 ge

    • Cassy

      That comment and that kind of thinking is why we’re here in the first place. I feel very sympathetic for everyone involved, and I apologize for the ignorance of “HITBOY” and the idiotic motives-whatever they were-of the cowardly angry mob who attacked this very compassionate human being. That’s what Mr. Utash showed himself as….a human being.
      Now hitBOY go hang yourself!!!! save us all!!!

      • David Oh

        Hey idiot, read your post again and report on your glaring error.

    • The priest

      The majority of 2 generations of young urban blacks are lost, due to absent black fathers. There are worthless fathers in all races, but not to the degree as in the black urban community. At least 60% of black urban fathers, going back to the late 1970’s, are useless, irresponsible, lazy, intellectually weak people, with an average IQ of 90. Worthless pieces of fecal waste. They have influenced there male children to join gangs etc, seeking alternate, older male influences, by being absent & offering little positive guidance or financial support. Don’t excuse these useless fathers behavior for growing up poor. The whole country was poor from 1929 until the late 50’s or 60’s with no welfare of any kind, & no other race acts this way today, to the degree of the black father. These black fathers live a hedonistic lifestyle, only giving a dam about there own selfish pleasures. My comments are based on proven, factual behavior, so labeling me a bigot is only a BS COPOUT. In urban areas, 80% of murders & robberies are committed by 14 to 29 year old black males. 14 to 29 year old black males make up 10% of the urban population, but commit more than 1/2 of all crime. I’m commenting on factual BEHAVIOR. To hell with the politically correct movement. The urban black communities behavior gets worse every year. Political correct speak has failed. Only if the black urban community gains the courage to deal with the scum fathers they protect will the trend change.

      • b4real

        Shut up with that rhetoric! During the 1950’s blacks couldn’t go certain places because of racism. There were so many hate crimes towards blacks that it’s amazing that there are any blacks left. Oh don’t start talking about crime now! especially how your anglo-saxxon ancestors raped, murdered, and enslaved the black race for hundreds of years! You should’ve left well enough alone. But no. you had to go and enslave a race of people in order to build this great country of ours. You’re the lazy ones. Your butts are still flat even now. your ancestors set on their butts while my people work the land. You redneck prick!

        • BL

          Actually, IN THE BEGINNING Africans enslaved each other, and sold their own slaves to the Europeans…Europeans just BOUGHT the slaves, no enslave them. Please continue.

  • yung lee

    This type of behavior is taught, accepted and expected in the Ghetto. Prison is where these thugs belong.

    • CASSY

      Okay Rush Limbaugh, who knows nothing about the ghetto. You privileged people kill me….this behavior stems from a much bigger source than the ghetto. So do your homework, pop some pills or whatever your drug of choice is and then explain why more money is spent in the jail system than school system…explain yourself JELLO.

  • ricky1961

    Pathetic bunch of animals!

    • dumbassricky1961

      Takes one to know one.

    • b4real

      Well I guess you and your children will get so disgusted that you’ll grab your assault rifles tomorrow and start killing minorities with hoodies on, or maybe you’ll just shoot up a few classrooms. “STAND YOUR GROUND, HUH!” I’m not defending those racist that beat up that guy. They should be beat ten times as much as what they did to that guy. I hate what they did and I hate everyone’s racist comments. We are all moving backwards.

  • nic

    ya pray he don’t die and kid get a murder charge

  • Tommie Styles

    What’s worst of all, is that you believe that this is the normal of the black community. THIS is Sensationalism and Exploitation, with the media you do trust. Get it….this is terrible….And if they are convicted….throw away the key, BUT, if you think that the majority of black families is like this…….I have a bridge to sell you. We are quite normal.

    To the Republicans, its like the “Left-Wing” media putting out the lunatic fringe of your party. You claim the media doesn’t understand, and only want to spread more paranoia….this is the same thing if you believe that the black community is like this.

    You want to know why the media doesn’t put on respectable black people on the news, and highlight them, that’s because there is no ratings for it. Nothing to drive the “black man” paranoia that some of you seem so easy to be influenced.

    Don’t be sheep. The media likes no color, except green.

    • The priest

      Not the black urban community, Urban black fathers period!

      • Tommie Styles

        I’m an urban black man, and know many fathers who stuck around, and are great to their children. Mine did, I’d say the percentage between black and white divorces are about the same rate. (whatever you want to throw out here from iamright.com – anyone can find numbers to slant there argument with numbers from their favorite media source on the interwebs.)

        Now, how about this, do you want me to believe that most white parents, especially those with no father, let their kids stab their classmates and schoolmates as in example today?

      • Tommie Styles

        Do NOT be sheep to your own media FEEDING you your paranoia….unless it’s too late, then you are of no good to this country.

        • The priest

          The percentage of worthless black fathers with boys aged 14 to 29 in urban areas is at least 50% higher than that of any other race of worthless fathers in north america. This is proven by the last 10 years of criminal activity alone, of there offspring. There is a negative culture in the urban areas by blacks of this age. If a decent teenager or twenty something adult goes to work full time for low wages, just to get started, he is chastised, ridiculed, & harassed by his peers to the point he won’t take the job. He needs a good father to help him navigate. Employers paying minimum wage up to 15$ per hr for unskilled or semi skilled jobs, don’t give a dam about what you look like, They just want you to bust your but for them & have a positive attitude, so there is also no excuse for racism in hiring for most jobs that pay $30,000 or less. You wanna be real? That is real. If you live within 10 miles of the downtown of a city with 100,000 population or more, you know great, good fathers. We all do. You have to know the guys with children by 3 to 5 women, all on welfare. Father is only around when he needs a place to sleep or eat, or wants some strange period. It will take thousands of decent people probably like yourself to change the culture. It’s not based on race just to show results by race, just facts. For every 1 nutty white kid or man that shoots up a school or movie theater, you have 500 murders & robberies by young urban black kids in the 50 largest cities in this country. Boys need to be raised & spend time amongst quality adults, especially there fathers. That is the problem, the absent fathers in or near the city, the urban areas. Sometimes decent grandparents & uncles can’t break through. The negative behavior is measured by a PERCENTAGE of each race, not 1 case @ a time. I agree with you about the dirty media. I don’t form opinions based on the media. You could probably perform minor miracles with alot of these 14 to 29 year olds.

          • Tommie Styles

            Are you done reassuring your own paranoia?

            Any POOR area is going to have more crime in it, no matter what color you are. Do you think black people are the only ones making babies to 3 different women? I offered before, but I do have a fantastic bridge to sell to you then.

            It’s actually pretty funny to me watching you getting caught up in your own rhetoric.

            PS, Can you please separate your reply in paragraphs? Trying to read it is making my eyes bleed. Thank you.

          • The priest

            Typical denial & insults. Poor areas that have most of the crime committed by a few speaks for itself. There’s little hope for the young black male. Snitches get stitches. That mindset has worked well, wouldn’t you agree? Behavior percentages speak for themselves. If you can’t comprehend you can’t learn. I thought the long paragraph would get an insult. I was correct.

          • Tommie Styles

            What insult? You can’t separate your reply in legible paragraphs so it can be read easier? I’m trying to make you look better in front of everyone.

            What denial are you talking about? Denying that there are bad black people. I don’t deny that. But your so fixated on it, that you can’t function. I’m a young black man, and your insulting me saying there’s little hope for me…..but I don’t take it personal, because it is just your opinion, which is far from the truth. You just want to throw one particular entity under the bus, when every race has their own bad element. Do you want to hang out in the hills of Eastern Kentucky?

            I have a question. Were you a perfect little angel at 17? If you were, than you truly did live in a bubble.

            And while your thing is about you claiming your correct, well, if you have all of the answers, run for office?

          • The priest

            You are unable or can’t handle critical logical analytics. All you can do is spin. Don’t be insulted by the truth. Do something about it. Stop pretending to be intellectual. Your arguments would be shot down in a minute in a simple college debate exercise. I’ve done it here with simple percentages. If I lived to be 900 years old, life would still be too short to waste any more time here.

          • Tommie Styles

            I never claimed to be the smartest person in the room like some people do in here.

            Where do you get your numbers from? The Media (which you just said yourself you don’t trust)? Your own obviously biased opinion? Where do you cite your particular percentages and all of the numbers you throw out?

          • Tommie Styles

            What, you can’t discuss things with me , your rather tuck tail and run?

          • askthepriest

            Just the way the Christians planned it.

          • badpriest

            USA Christians are to blame.

          • b4real

            You’re as much of a racist as those blacks who beat that man. Don’t try to generalize the entire black community because of a few idiots. When disturbed white children bring their parents assault rifles to school and shoot up the classroom that doesn’t mean that all white children are that way. You’re an instigator and an idiot. Racist Prick!

  • John Schanta

    ALL OF THEM NEED TO PUNISHED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW!

    • Tommie Styles

      Agreed, if they are found convicted, throw away the key. The pictures of the victim look like he was a good guy. Its sad, and doesn’t help out anything in this country.

    • taxcollector

      You do too for cheating on your taxes.

  • Reality Bites

    Imagine this story if 15 White ppl beat up a Black man for hitting a White kid with his truck.

    • Tommie Styles

      Instead of thinking about opposite, or retaliation, we should continue to do better than these low-lifes, not sink to their level of maturity. Awful people are just that, no matter what color.

    • Reality’sabitch

      Or dragging a black man…or shooting a phucking kid buying skittles.

    • b4real

      Well. I guess the ‘Stand your ground’ law didn’t work this time?!! Now do you see how ignorant that comment was that I made? All of the comments about race are foolish. When something wrong happens to a black person you don’t want us to use race as an excuse. This is not a race issue either. The persons that committed that crime are just pathetic human beings and each one should be beat severely. End of story!

      • Rob

        its not a race issue, its a black issue! All Black people have an animal-like behavior that causes them to make these kinds of atrocities. Black people are very sensitive and emotionally out of control, the slightest things disturbs them to the point were they become belligerent and violent towards everyone.

  • fuzzyspappy

    I think its about time some of these niggers get prosecuted for hate crimes just like the whites do…Its been long overdue