Teen charged with assault in Detroit mob attack on man

Teen charged with assault in Detroit mob attack on man

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DETROIT (WJBK) -- Charges have been brought against a teenager arrested Saturday following an attack on a Macomb Co. man brutally beaten by a mob after accidentally striking a boy with his pickup truck.

Wayne Co. Prosecutor Kym Worthy says Bruce Edward Wimbush, Jr., 17, faces charges of Assault with Intent to Murder and Assault with Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm. His arraignment was expected Monday afternoon, but FOX 2's Randy Wimbley says it has been postponed until further notice.

Another teen arrested Saturday, identified as 16-year-old Courtney Robinson, was charged Monday in juvenile court with Assault with Intent to Murder. Worthy says her office has several days remaining to determine whether to charge Robinson as an adult.

Investigators believe the pair had a direct role in the beating of Steve Utash on April 2.

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Utash remained in critical condition Monday, five days after the attack on the city's east side.
Police believe numerous people were involved.

"We still have a long way to go. I've been reminding people we're still at the very beginning stage of this investigation," Detroit Sgt. Michael Woody said.

The case has outraged the public, clergy and elected officials. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan called the attack "senseless."

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Utash, 54, of Roseville, accidentally struck a 10-year-old boy with his pickup on Morang Street near Balfour Street. A mob swarmed him as he checked the boy, whose injuries were not life-threatening.

A prominent black pastor, the Rev. Horace Sheffield III, called on the public to go block by block to find the "heartless perpetrators."

It's important for community members "to prove that we equally deplore justice and unbridled brutality no matter what color the victim is or of the one committing it," Sheffield said in a statement.

Utash is white; Detroit is more than 80 percent black.

Utash's family said more than $80,000 has been raised for his medical bills. The tree trimmer has no medical insurance.

Copyright 2014 by myFOXDetroit.com. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights re served. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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