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Five charged in mob beating of Clinton Township man

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Five people have been charged in the beating of a Clinton Township motorist in Detroit last week. Four were charged as adults and one as a juvenile.

The adults, Latrez Cummings, 19, Bruce Wimbush, 17, Wozney Saffold, 30, and James Davis, 24, were charged with assault with intent to commit murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. The four were arraigned earlier this week and bond was set at $500,000 for each. They are next due in court April 21.

The juvenile was charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm and ethnic intimidation. When questioned by police he indicated that part of the reason he participated in the beating was that the man was white. All the defendants in the case are black.

Steven Utash, 54, was driving his normal route home on the afternoon of April 2 when his truck struck a 10 year old boy who darted out in traffic near Morang and Balfour on the city’s east side. Police have said the accident was not the truck driver’s fault.

When Utash stopped his vehicle and went to check on the boy, a group of at least 12 men began beating him. They did not stop until retired nurse Deborah Hughes, armed with a handgun, broke it up. Hughes had severe head wounds and is currently in critical condition in a medically induced coma at St. John’s hospital.

On Wednesday Detroit Police Chief James Craig said investigators were still working to identify all of the suspect’s and that there was a strong possibility more arrests would be announced this week.

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