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Detroit Mob Attack: Hero Nurse Says Beating Not Hate Crime As 5th Arrest Made

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The Detroit mob attack on a driver who accidentally struck a 10-year-old boy and got out of his car to help has now led to a fifth arrest with more arrests “a strong possibility,” according to the Detroit police chief. But while prosecutors decide whether to bring hate crime charges against the suspects, the retired nurse who heroically stopped the attack, says she saw nothing that made her believe race was the assailants’ motive.

The mob attack happened on April 2 at about 4:10 in the afternoon at the intersection of Morang and Balfour Streets in Detroit, near a Clark gas station. The boy, David Harris, stepped quickly into traffic where he was hit by driver Steven Utash, a 54-year-old father of three (pictured above).

Police on Wednesday announced that a fifth suspect, a 19-year-old man whose name was not made public, was arrested in connection with the Detroit mob attack. Three suspects have been charged so far: Wonzey Saffold, 30, James Davis, 24, and Bruce Wimbush Jr., 17.

Detroit mob attack suspects Wonzey Saffold, 30, James Davis, 24, and Bruce Wimbush Jr., 17.

Detroit mob attack suspects Wonzey Saffold, 30, James Davis, 24, and Bruce Wimbush Jr., 17.

Police have said that Utash was not to blame for the accident and no charges will be filed against him. The Detroit mob attack victim, a resident of Roseville, Michigan, is white. The suspects who have been arrested so far are all African-American.

The Detroit police chief said that “all angles” of the crime are being investigated, including whether it was a racially motivated hate crime. Utash’s son, Joe Utash, has said that he believes the attack was racially motivated. But Deborah Hughes, a retired nurse who saved Utash’s life when she intervened to stop the mob attack, said she saw nothing to indicate that race was a factor.

“I didn’t hear anything racial, but it’s hard to tell everything that was being said because people were all yelling at the same time,” Hughes said. “I know some people were screaming, ‘You hit my cousin,’ and ‘You hit my nephew,’ but I didn’t hear anyone say ‘You white so-and-so’ or anything like that.”

Hughes, who lives nearby, immediately stopped to help the boy, who suffered leg injuries that turned out not be life-threatening. Utash stopped his vehicle and also tried to help.

But before he could reach the boy, the mob attack began. A group of men, whose numbers are not certain but have been reported at about 10 or 12, kicked, stomped and punched Utash, causing severe head injuries. At last report, the Detroit mob attack victim remained in the hospital, in a medically induced coma.

His life was saved when Hughes ran toward the mob and pleaded with them to stop the attack.

“I said ‘Please don’t hit him anymore,’ and they backed up. Everybody cleared the way and gave me room to work on him,” Hughes told The Detroit News. “Nobody cussed me. They didn’t attack me. They just let me do what I needed to do.”

The retired Detroit nurse said she proceeded to massage the mob attack victim’s neck and chest to get his circulation going. By the time he woke up in a panic, paramedics had already arrived.

Hughes said that witnessing Detroit mob attack left her “devastated” and was “one of the most awful things I’ve ever seen.” The hero nurse now plans to move out of the area where the attack took place.

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17 Responses to “Detroit Mob Attack: Hero Nurse Says Beating Not Hate Crime As 5th Arrest Made”

  1. Anonymous

    One of the most awful things you've ever seen and you plan on moving out of that neighborhood, but you do not believe it was a racially motivated hate crime? Lady I guarantee you it WAS / IS racially motivated.

  2. Timmy Tommy

    Let me guess, the nurse is black. What the hell would she know, these are 100% N1gger boys. Just look at their mug shots, there is a difference between black folks true n199ers.

  3. Anonymous

    damn right it was racially motivated, she's black so she's denying it.
    and these thugs aren't african American. they weren't born in africa
    they are black Americans

  4. Michael Norell

    Lets make them naturalized black Africans. They certainly aren't the type of people most Americans would want to claim as county men.

  5. Raymond A Velez

    Why couldn't I hear that all these people ran to the scene and took control of the situation and called emergency held the driver in case he was to run like law abiding community members.

  6. Rob Singer

    only white Europeans are thugs and mass murders … ask the world , Iraq, Libya ect

  7. Anonymous

    Where is Jesse Jackson and the 'Reverand' Al Sharpton now! Man, if the situation was reversed you would have Obama and every other brother talkin' about whitey's intolerant racisit attitude but a black mob beating a white guy to death(near death) no biggie! Let the news bury the story. Again reverse situation CNN would be running 24 hr coverage.

  8. Timothy Bridgham

    Look at Africa, Look at Asia. Race does not determine if a person will be a plague on society, Their own moral code does.

  9. Anonymous

    National Guard needs to take over Detriot immediately – this city is anti-whtie!

  10. Anonymous

    While – Your a mess – look at Africa even before the white arrived!

  11. Debbie Holmes Mcneese

    Well duh!! It's no surprise to me that she would say it was not a hate crime… It sure was but you will not hear Jesse, Sharpton, Obama or Quantell say anything about this because they are hypocrites!! They say the believe and stand up for equality and justice but it's all a BS. Same good ol boy BS just a different race! They are no different than the Clan, or any other white group they put down! SAME KIND OF PEOPLE!!!

  12. Debbie Holmes Mcneese

    Well duh!! It's no surprise to me that she would say it was not a hate crime… It sure was but you will not hear Jesse, Sharpton, Obama or Quantell say anything about this because they are hypocrites!! They say the believe and stand up for equality and justice but it's all a BS. Same good ol boy BS just a different race! They are no different than the Clan, or any other white group they put down! SAME KIND OF PEOPLE!!!

  13. Anonymous

    If this isn't a racist crime I don't know what is…….wtf????? Where is Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? If this would have happened to a black man ooohhhh F*******ck CNN, CBS, NBC where are you now?

  14. Saym Guy

    Why don't they tell the whole story? She pleaded with the mob?! How bout the actual story finally coming out on other media that she took her gun and told them that she would shoot the next person trying to hit this guy. This part of the story is completely suppressed here. NICE