Many are calling Detroit resident Deborah Hughes a hero after she reportedly saved 54-year-old Steve Utash’s life while an angry mob was brutally attacking him.
By now, most people have likely heard the story of Steve Utash, the Michigan man who accidentally struck a 10-year-old boy at a busy Detroit intersection, got out to help him, and was beaten by an angry mob. Opposing Views has provided numerous updates on the condition of Utash, who was beaten into a coma by the group, as well as where authorities are at in catching the suspects. Now, the woman who saved Utash’s life is getting the recognition she deserves for her bravery and willingness to do the right thing.
Deborah Hughes, a retired nurse, witnessed the accident and the group attack on Utash, and once she realized that the attackers weren't relenting, she decided to take matters into her own hands.
"I got over there and I told them don't nobody hit him anymore," said Hughes. "I had a gun in my pocket, I was ready to do some damage if I had to. Somebody had to stand up. It was maybe 100 people out here.”
“I was the only one [who helped Utash]. I said don't kick him anymore, don't hit him anymore, get back,” continued Hughes. “I got on the ground with him and I started tending to his wounds, and I told them do not hurt him again.”
Hughes was given the opportunity to meet with the Utash family to explain what happened and how she was able to stop the mob from killing the 54-year-old.
"I went to your dad and he was unconscious, he wasn't doing anything," Hughes said to Steve’s son Joe Utash. “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.”
Hughes went on to explain why she decided to help Utash.
“He was so traumatized, this man [Utash] was like, ‘Is he alright? Is he alright? Oh Lord, tell me he’s OK. I’m sorry, I’m sorry,’” said Hughes. “He didn’t drive off. He got out the truck and he walked back, and they just beat him like he was nothing.”
Detroit Police Chief James Craig praised Hughes for coming to the aid of Utash during the frightening ordeal.
"Just her presence, offering aid to this gentleman, may have saved his life," said Craig.
(From left, per the Daily Mail: Wonzey Saffold, 30, James Davis, 24, and Bruce Wimbush Jr., 17)
So far, five people have been arrested and charged for their involvement in the senseless beating.
After a video of a boy being beaten up was posted to Facebook, police arrested three people and took two children into protective custody.
In the six-minute video, an 11-year-old boy is smacked in the face and hit with a belt more than 50 times. At least three adults watch the lashing happen in the video, and can be heard saying that the boy is being punished for posting false information on his Facebook page.
“Near the end of the video, the child was in obvious pain and he was squirming while being struck and still forced to hold onto the arms of the chair,” the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.
At the end of the video, the boy is made to give his name and age for the camera.
The beating happened on April 3 in a neighborhood on Flint’s east side.
“Officers went to that location with Child Protective Services and made the two arrests,” said Collin Birnie of the Flint police department.
Demitria Latrion Powell, the victim’s 28-year-old mother, Uteas Michelle Taylor, the boy’s 42-year-old godmother, and Stefon Tirrell Felton, the godmother’s 40-year-old boyfriend, have all reportedly been arrested. They are each facing charges of third degree child abuse, conspiracy to commit child abuse and child abuse committed in the presence of another child.
The 11-year-old boy and an infant are now in protective custody.
The video sparked outrage over the weekend; it was shared more than 1,000 times before it was deleted from the boy’s Facebook page. As of Tuesday morning, the video had been shared more than 9,000 times total.
Birnie stated that the police found out about the incident through Facebook, explaining, “That’s why the police department has gotten it also. We have our own Facebook page now which helped us in this particular case.”
All child abuse charges are felonies in the state of Michigan.
“I watched the video and I was disturbed by it,” said David Leyton, Genesee County prosecutor.
“The law says that you can administer reasonable physical force upon a child for disciplinary purposes,” said Leyton. “I think this was unreasonable.”
A Chinese mother brutally beat her six-year-old son with a wire hanger for not doing his homework, and now, police have decided not to go forward with charges against the woman.
A teacher at Xiao Bing’s school discovered massive welts all over his back while he was changing for gym class one day. The teacher reported the abuse to the authorities and took pictures of the welts with her phone so that she could prove to them what she discovered.
When police questioned Bing, he told the officers that his mother had beaten him because he failed to do his homework.
“The boy's mother and father are unhappy about his performance at school, saying that he is a naughty boy who often fails to do his homework and needed to be taught a lesson,” said police spokesperson Hu Ling. “His mother had hit him after discovering that once again he had not done his homework on time.”
Police say that Bing was taken to the hospital to be treated for the injuries he sustained and that they actually looked worse than they really were. The mother was taken in for questioning, but in the end, police decided not to go forward with charges because they felt that giving her a warning not to beat her child so hard in the future would suffice.
According to reports, the photos of Bing’s wounded back were posted online by the teacher because she was angry that police didn’t punish the mother. The teacher says that many Chinese parents put too much pressure on their children to do well in school, and abuse like this is not uncommon.
Just last week, Opposing Views told you about the Detroit man who was brutally beaten by a mob after he accidentally struck a 10-year-old boy while driving through a busy intersection. The man, Steve Utash, is currently in critical condition from the beating, but reports now say that in just days, his family has managed to raise more than $111,000 to help him recover.
According to reports, Utash was driving through a busy Detroit intersection when he accidentally struck 10-year-old David Harris with his pickup truck. Utash immediately got out of the car and ran to help Harris, who suffered a broken leg, but an angry crowd of nearly 100 people formed around the scene of the accident, and the group began to viciously attack the 54-year-old.
“This senseless vigilante style attack is not the essence of who we are as Detroiters and will not be tolerated," read a joint statement from Mayor Mike Duggan and City Council President Brenda Jones. “We are asking all Metro Detroiters to demonstrate our true character by exercising calm and patience during this emotionally charged time. Most important, we must all keep Mr. Utash, David Harris and their families in our prayers. We also are calling on members of our community who know the individuals involved in this brutal attack to step forward so that justice can be served and healing can begin."
As of Saturday, two teenagers were arrested for the beating, and police are currently searching for more people involved in the incident. Deborah Hughes, a retired nurse who happened to be there at the scene of the accident when it occurred, sprung into action and stopped the group from killing Utash.
"I got over there and I told them don't nobody hit him anymore," said Hughes. "I had a gun in my pocket, I was ready to do some damage if I had to. Somebody had to stand up. It was maybe 100 people out here. Were you the only one who said stop? I was the only one. I said don't kick him anymore, don't hit him anymore, get back. I got on the ground with him and I started tending to his wounds, and I told them do not hurt him again.”
Thankfully, Utash is alive, but his family says he is still in critical condition. They set up a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money to pay his medical bills, and as of Monday morning, the campaign had raised over $111,000.
A suburban Detroit resident received a near-fatal beating from a group of individuals after striking a 10-year-old boy who ran in front of his truck on a busy street.
The man, Steve Utash of Roseville, is currently in critical condition with severe head wounds.
According to nearby surveillance footage, 10-year-old David Harris inexplicably ran into oncoming traffic and was struck by Utash’s car.
Utash immediately exited his vehicle to check on Harris, but a group of about a dozen onlookers reacted to the incident, descending upon the scene and attacking Utash.
Utash’s family had suggested that the incident may have been a set-up or a hate crime because Utash is white and his attackers are black, but police quickly dismissed those theories.
“We have no evidence to suggest it’s a hate crime,” said Detroit Police spokeswoman Jennifer Moreno, according to the Daily Mail.
Harris suffered a broken leg from the incident. James Duston Jr., the boy’s godfather, claimed that he and the rest of his family did not support the attack on Utash.
“We don’t condone that at all,” Duston said, according to the Detroit Free-Press. "I told his mom and she was just like, no, we wouldn’t want that to happen."
Late Saturday, two teens were arrested in connection with this attack.
A disturbing video that has recently gone viral shows a man repeatedly punching a dog in the face in an act of revenge against his girlfriend, and now, that man could face serious charges.
Tom-Jan Hüsch, 20, angrily punches the defenseless dog, a gift from his former girlfriend, in the face during the 45-second video. According to reports, the German man’s girlfriend recently broke up with him, so he made the video to get back at her. In addition to hurting the dog, Hüsch threatens to kill it and anyone else who makes him angry.
Authorities say the 10-week-old puppy lost a tooth, suffered a concussion, and had a swollen face after the brutal beating. After receiving the video, Hüsch’s girlfriend reported it to local police in Germany, and Hüsch was sent to a mental hospital for treatment. If convicted of violence against the dog, Hüsch could face up to 3 years in prison under German animal protection laws.
After the video went viral, many different websites were reporting that Hüsch was assaulted by someone who tracked him down once they saw the video, but the latest reports say those claims were fabricated and that the pictures showing his badly bruised face were photoshopped.
The puppy is now reportedly living with a loving foster family and is recovering from the injuries it sustained.
A new video has been released online showing a mentally disabled man being beaten by St. Louis police officers.
The man, Mario Crumps, was reportedly acting erratically prior to the incident, and his behavior forced his family to call the police. The video doesn’t show the entire incident, but it does show police brutally beating the man while he fought back against them.
Crumps is reportedly a client of Independence Center, an organization that provides mentally disabled people with opportunities to live and work in the St. Louis community, and Mike Keller, executive director, hopes that the video will bring about a change in training protocol within the police department.
"I want to give the police whom I have an affinity for the benefit of the doubt, but that video was soul-scarring," said Keller.
Police, however, say that even though many are outraged by the video, they feel it does not properly show what went on in its entirety and believe that the officers’ actions were justified.
"Certainly I want to make this a teachable moment," said St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson. "But we also have to understand that society, with cutbacks in the mental health field, have really left individuals kind of in an area of limbo."
Dotson also says that both officers were treated for injuries.
The man’s condition following the beating is not clear, but one can assume that after multiple strikes from a baton and numerous punches to the face, he likely sustained some injuries. Crumps faces charges of assaulting an officer as well as resisting arrest.
A driver is in critical condition at a Detroit hospital after a mob of nearly 30 people brutally beat him when his pickup truck accidentally struck an 11-year-old boy.
Police say that the incident happened around 4:10 p.m. on Wednesday when the driver accidentally hit an 11-year-old boy at a busy intersection. The driver immediately pulled over, got out of the vehicle, and rushed to help the boy, but within minutes, a group of around 30 people ran up and began to assault the driver.
"Our chief indicated there was a large group of approximately 30 or more people,” said Sergeant Michael Woody. "But that's not to say they all took part in the assault, but they did come out to assist the child, and it was a large group at that time. They could have been from that large group."
Police have not said what condition the young boy is in, but they do say that the driver sustained serious injuries and is currently in critical condition. Woody says that he could, “potentially die.”
“This little boy was screaming,” said an anonymous witness of the incident. “There was a lot of people that came out. It was crazy.” The witness added that the driver “got his.”
“He got beat up real bad,” said the witness.
Woody says that police are currently searching for anybody who was involved in the assault, adding that the truck driver didn’t deserve to be beaten for what happened.
“The guy never tried to flee the scene,” Woody said. “He got out to check on the child and was assaulted by people in the neighborhood.”
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Shocking video shows a Georgia high school sophomore being repeatedly punched in the face by a classmate in a locker room, and now, the victim’s father is calling for more serious charges against the perpetrator.
High school student David Egan was forced to undergo facial reconstruction surgery after being assaulted by his unnamed fellow student. According to reports, the other boy accused Egan of stealing his tennis shoes, and even though Egan denied it, the student got so angry that he punched him hard in the face. Egan appears to stumble following the first punch, and after he is shoved into a locker, the student throws a second punch that brought the victim to the ground.
Egan’s father Daniel says that the school called him to come pick up his son, but wonders why an ambulance was never called.
"This is my child," said Daniel Egan. "How would you feel if you saw a person fracturing his face, smashing him up against a locker, punching him so hard that it breaks his nose off his skull?"
The student that punched Egan was charged with misdemeanor battery, and the school took disciplinary action. Still, Daniel Egan says he wants more to be done.
“When they treat it like a schoolyard shuffle, you are thinking these are just kids,” said Daniel. “He didn't throw sand in his eyes, he didn't stab him in the arm with a pencil, he broke his skull.”
School district spokesperson Jorge Quintana released a statement saying that he believes the school acted appropriately and that although the crime was heinous, the student may only be able to be charged as a juvenile because of his age.
“The student is a juvenile. I understand that this offense does not qualify to charge a juvenile as an adult in the state of Georgia. The seven offenses under which a juvenile can be charged as an adult are listed under OCGA 15-11-560,” said Quintana. “Typically when there is a fight, 911 is not called as adults intervene. Injured students are typically taken to the clinic to receive immediate care from the clinic worker. Parents are then called. The school handled this case well, acting immediately to care for the injured student and to investigate so that appropriate disciplinary and criminal charges could be made.”
The incident is still under investigation, and David Egan is currently recovering from reconstructive surgery.
Two sisters in Cincinnati are coming forward after they were brutally attacked by a group of women and video of the incident was spread on social media.
The disturbing video shows the sisters, aged 20 and 21, being kicked, punched, and stripped naked by the group of women in broad daylight. One bystander captured the beating on a cell phone, but during the ordeal, not one person stepped in to help.
“I feared for my life,” said the 21-year-old anonymous victim. “I just thought I was going to die right there on that ground."
Detective Tracy Jones said that one of the attackers, Kianna McMeans, was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. A second woman, Jakeda Phillips, is currently wanted by police.
“You see the video of two females getting stripped down naked, basically humiliated out there and beat to a pulp,” said Jones. “As you can imagine from the video, they have significant bruising about their face and body. They felt like they had been humiliated out there in public. It is very brutal. As a police department, we don’t stand for that. We're trying to get these people into custody as soon as we can.”
The two victims claim that the night before, they had gone out to a dance club with McMeans. The suspect was allegedly assaulted while they were out, and after that incident, she accused the two victims of failing to stick up for her. The next morning, McMeans arrived at the sisters’ door with a group of girls.
“All the girls started punching me in my face and pulling my hair,” said the 20-year-old victim to WLWT. “They dragged me down to the ground and ripped my dress off of me and dragged me out of the house and beat me and kicked me in my face. I was very, very, very humiliated that I was out there without no clothes on and everybody was just standing there looking at me. Nobody would give me a telephone to use. They didn't care if they killed us, the way they were stomping my sister in the head. They didn't care what happened after that."
Authorities say that the group of women stole the sisters’ purses, wallets, and cellphones. The value of those items in total is reportedly $1,100. Police are still on the hunt for Jakeda Phillips and hope that the community will help them find the other suspects shown in the video.
Photo source: WCPO Cincinnati