Pastors across the Detroit metro talked about the attack in their Sunday sermons. One of them warned of a developing culture of violence that “has infected our people” and is hurting southeast Michigan.
Four people have now been arrested in the April 2 beating of a Macomb County man who accidentally struck a boy who ran into traffic on Detroit’s East Side.
Meanwhile, by early Monday evening, nearly $123,500 had been raised to offset Steve Utash’s accumulating medical bills through an online Go Fund Me campaign. When the family members of the tree trimmer, who has no health insurance, set up the campaign, they hoped to meet a $50,000
Utash, who recently moved to Clinton Township from Roseville, remains in critical condition in a medically induced coma in a Detroit hospital.
Wayne County Attorney Kym Worthy said Monday Bruce Edward Wimbush Jr., one of the two teens arrested Saturday in the mob attack on the 54-year-old Utash, faces charges of assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm,the Detroit Free Press reports.
He is expected to be arraigned in 36th District Court on Tuesday.
A 16-year-old who was arrested at the same time is in the custody of juvenile authorities and has not yet been charged.
Late Monday afternoon, two more people – both men, ages 24 and 30 – were arrested in the crime that has generated outrage across the country. Detroit police Sgt. Michael Woody told the Free Press that authorities aren’t ruling out the possibility of charging the suspects under hate-crime statutes.
The assault-with-intent-to-commit murder charge against Wimbush is punishable by up to life in prison. The bodily harm charge is a 10-year felony.
Authorities believe the four who have been arrested so far were part of a larger group that attacked Utash after he stopped to give aid to David Harris, after he accidentally hit him.
“The facts of this case are unbelievably tragic,” police said in a news release, declining to offer further comment because the investigation is “continuing and widening.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Detroit Police Department at (313) 596-2260.
Source: Patch.com | Beth Dalbey