Arrests Made In Brutal Mob Attack On Man

Steven Utash

Steven Utash

(Detroit) Two teens have been arrested after a Detroit man was brutally beaten in an attack many believe, was in part, racially motivated.

According to WWJ-TV, Steven Utash was driving down a busy street when an 11-year-old boy ran out in-front of his truck.

“He did exactly the right thing. He stopped his vehicle, he got out and he tried to render aid to a small child. He did exactly what he was supposed to do… It was a small child and it was an accident; is what it was.”

Witnesses say Utash immediately stopped and tried to help the child, and that’s when he was attacked.

Utash is in critical condition, the child had a broken leg.

A 16 and 17-year-old are now in custody.

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.

As many as 10 young and older mean repeatedly beat Utash, while others stole his wallet and everything from his truck.

Detroit Police confirmed those who attacked Utash were all black and Utash is white.

State Rep. Alberta Tinsley Talabi (D-Detroit), who is black, told WWJ-TV the incident does appear to have racial overtones, adding, “it’s wrong.”

Utash’s family also believes race played a factor and witnesses took advantage of the situation to beat and rob him.

“You know, it’s like you go in Detroit and you’re white, you don’t belong. Seriously. I’ve been pulled over by police before and they’re like ‘Get back across 8 Mile,’ like I’m not supposed to be over there, like I’m not allowed to go in Detroit’ said Gary Lundy who is Utash’s son.

“If it went on any longer, my dad wouldn’t be in the hospital right now, he would be in the morgue. The way he looked, I am surprised that he is alive,” said Lundy. “He has bruising over his face, his eyes are swollen, I believe it’s his left eye that is completely swollen shut. He also has a big, huge knot on his forehead like he got hit with an object, not a fist.”

A nurse who saw the attack stepped in, stopped the beating and helped as best she could.

“I kept his hands down and everything so he could be comfortable,” said Deborah Hughes. “He had the biggest gash on his head I ever seen – he was bleeding from the mouth and he was unconscious when I first got there … being a registered nurse, I thought I could go out and help him.”

An on-line fund, found Here, has been set up to help the Utash family with the escalating bills.

52 comments

  • Claire

    Well, God bless the man for being the better person. I’m praying for his recovery. The world is a hateful, horrible place. The people, if you can even refer to them as that, who are responsible will probably end up dead before long anyway living a life like that. You would think they would want a better life for themselves than that and be willing to WORK for it rather than take it from someone else. But hey, with Obama in office rewarding you for being a lazy, welfare collecting slacker, why would they?

  • Andre

    This story just gave all the people who have hate for a certain race to rant on out of their own ignorance. There are a lot of black people who have jobs, work for their own things, can be trusted, and don’t take handouts. All races have their bad people, so don’t go off saying certain people can’t be trusted because serial killers, rapists, child molesters, abusers come in all races.

    • Donna Cook Turnage

      Amen! There are bad apples in every bunch! I feel sorry for this man and the ones who did it need to be charged with a hate crime, but to start with the racism from some of those commenting on here is just as sick and wrong.

    • marie mcclaine

      Thats the 1st question every time. what COLOR were they. if black is said its “what i figured”. any other race its “oh really”?!! crime comes in all colors and sizes.

      • Tack

        While crime crosses all boundaries, it is prevalent in certain ethnicities and economic classes. This fact cannot be argued against.

  • Sportzfanz

    The hate was earned! Until a certain race touches you personally,
    You don’t know what the he– ur talking about! Stop being ignorant
    Andre!

  • Jaye

    Let’s understand this better. The state rep. says this
    incident has racial overtones not racially motivated. A white man hits a child in a black neighborhood and stops to render aid but instead gets beaten within an inch of his life. Now the question is how many of them that attacked and robbed this man gave aid to the child. Yes there are bad people in all races so when will the president speak on behalf of the victims. Now the question will be what will the people in that neighborhood do to assist Mr. Utash because you can’t tell me that somebody didn’t see this happening. What about those that looked on and didn’t help. We have lost all respect for each other no matter what race. It seems to me that we only pull together as a country when we are attacked by outside criminals ie. 9/11/01. This shows that no matter how great this country is certain people whatever race they be will always make living in their world an hateful place.

  • LK

    Prayers to this man . God bless him . For those who did this to him , you will reap what you sow and I pray God shows them the error of their ways .

  • Skeptic

    If had been the other way around all the Sharptons, Jacksons, and other race baiters would be all up in arms and across all the media. Where are they at now??

  • Homina

    And you wonder why white people can’t stand your kind. Can’t act civilized in a group of 2 or more, can’t speak above a 3 year old level.

    Avoid the inner cities at all cost and let them wipe each other out on their own.

    • Logic and Reason

      According to the FBI white men are disproportionately serial killers and child molesters. Children shouldn’t be able to stand them and should run whenever they see one!!

      You probably know a person or two who is molesting your child right now if statistics hold. Watch your children whitie.

      • Schwarmalamadingdong

        My kids are grown up so the only thing I have to worry about is some filthy boot lipped moon cricket like you r a ping her.

    • Terrie

      Oh please. Had MLK lived he would just be another Jessie Jackson or Al or become a friend of the Ford family!!!
      He would be too ashamed had he seen what his kind has turned out to be.

    • Logic and Reason

      Yes similar to the behavior slave owners demos treated for hundreds of years. Except, slave owners separated mothers and children, raped and beat slaves, and hung people from trees.

      Such Christian behavior!

  • mr matt

    cowards, and people wonder why whites are mad and worried. this will not be charged as a hate crime no way. there wont be any race baiters from the whites allowed because america tryna hold the white man down!

  • Sportzfanz

    logic and reason (not) u just hurt ur own with ur words. I used to give to ur
    kind (tips… do u have a quarter? Will u give to my basketball team cause we earnin money for school trip, etc, etc, etc) Now, I delight in saying nope, nope and nope)! Go on, tell me again how we are not Christians … That just makes my NOPE stronger! Thank you for that! LOL

    • Logic and Reason

      You obviously attended school in Memphis and failed to attend your English courses.

      This is sad. I’d be able to respond if only I could understand what you’ve written.

      • Logic and Reason

        Your moniker suggests otherwise.

        Go ahead and look it up sportzfanz (lol) the definition of moniker can be found here:

        http://Www.dictionary.com

        Also look up imbecile there you’ll be surprised to find your face in the description. LOL

  • mr matt

    how does slavery come up on the message board in this article? i tell you how, so it can be justified…it must be the reasoning for many because i hear it way to much for someone born in 1975. this is what i want to know. if africans-americans are so offended by slavery, why arent any african americans worried about thier cousins in west africa that are practicing slavery now? please please can i hear a point of view from an intelligent african american on this subject

    • Hard Truths

      Very true. Here’s how it works:

      Like a tree in the forest that falls when no once can hear it, there is NO PROBLEM unless and until there is a WHITE person to blame for whatever bad thing has happened.

      Isn’t that true?

      Whatever happened to that Trezevant coach who was SELLING his players to colleges? He wasn’t white, so he was not to blame for it.

      Many — I daresay most — blacks sure do give a lot of passes to each other — but never miss an opportunity to bash whites.

      Have to wonder how many of these commenters are NOI bigots. They don’t identify as such, but there’s a lot of those dumb black haters in Memphis.

  • Logic and Reason

    Hard Truths and mr. Matt which should in fact read “Mr. Matt” you are both the product of poor (or no) education and it shows.

    First, check out the distinction between too and to mr. Matt. Second, there are in fact numerous organizations founded by AA that are in place to stop human trafficking of any kind.

    Yet, even if there weren’t it wouldn’t justify enslaving other people.

    With respect to blame, Hard Truths, in this instance it was in fact a white person who ran over a child.

    With respect to giving passes, the FBI has stated that white men are disproportionately child molesters and serial killers. Yet these boards are filled with hatred towards groups other than white men. Why?

    • Logic and Reason

      I am glad you’ve reduced your responses to simple sentences. You are much less likely to mess up this way.

      See… spot…. run. Good boy you read a sentence. Your moniker suggests you are quite ignorant. Look up the word moniker here:

      http://Www.dictionary.com. Also look up the word imbecile. You’ll be surprised to find your picture in the description and definition FANZ(sp?).

      Good day. I need to get ready for my job, sound it out that’s right jjjjjoooobbbb.

      Perhaps you’ll find one once you’re literate.

      • luvbreamfishin'

        @logic: The funny part is you are trying so hard to impress us with your language skills but you are dumb as a brick when it comes to you trying to defend your peoples violent history…

    • RealityCheque

      Why? Becase that statement is an outright lie. The FBI HAS NEVER stated anything even close to that. In fact, their statistics routinely show that blacks commit almost all crimes at higher rates than other groups with the exception of DUI et al. Since the year 2000 blacks have been 40% of serial killers, making them the per capita rate leaders. As far as sexual offences, including child molestation and incest, black people make up a FAR higher percentage of offenders than their 13% of population. Over-represented at alarming rates when compared to ANY other group. (FBI Uniform Crime Report 2012

    • Hard Truths

      A white guy is driving along, hits a black kid who darts into the street, he stops to help the kid he hit, a black mob descends on him and practically kills him.

      And YOU THINK THAT IS JUST FINE.

      Well la-dee-dah. What do you think that makes YOU?

      An animal. A member of a murderous mob.

      A product of your environment and upbringing. With attitudes like yours, you belong in prison..

  • Sportzfanz

    I’ve had all the fun I can stand with you today! If this man dies, the blood is
    on your hands.

    • Logic and Reason

      Aren’t you the one who just argued white people are always blamed for things they have nothing to do with? Now, I’m somehow responsible for the death of a man I’ve never met? LOLOLOL the sheer hypocrisy of it all.

      Good riddance to ignorance.

  • Logic and Reason

    Another simple sentence. How about you try one with a comma or a semicolon– at this point even a contraction would do. Let me guess it’ll take at least five minutes to produce such a comment as you’d have to google them first.

    LOL. Pure comic relief. This is great_ you’ve made my night.

  • NCOWife2

    Honestly, I don’t believe this has ANYTHING to do with race. My husband was stationed in Chicagoland for nearly six years and solely because of this exact scenario, we made it a point to never go into the city unless we absolutely had to. Children played in the middle of busy streets all of the time and were constantly being hit by automobiles, but the sad thing is that the adults that were supposed to be watching the kids, almost always went after the drivers and they did not care about race, age, circumstance, guilt, or anything else. Many times drivers who struck children simply kept driving until they reached a safer crossing or saw an officer. AND this took place in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. I remember telling my husband that people always speak negatively of the South, but this Midwestern mentality is no better.

    • Terrie

      HOW can you say it has nothing to do with race when you even admitted that you & your family do not go into the hood alone??? Its drowning in race!!! I hope all the fools involved go to jail for a very long time. Maybe then they’ll meet thier fathers.

  • tina

    first i will keep him and his family in my prayers and second i hope those of you that hate on others you need to go take a good long look at yourself in the mirror and see what you have become

  • Pea Green

    It would have been bad enough for the crowd to be angry for this man hitting a child but to ROB him??? They didn’t give a flying rats a** that the child was hurt. It was just a mob of angry thugs who didn’t really need a reason to beat someone. I bet if he would have had a flat tire and stopped his vehicle in that area, the same thing would have happened.

  • Henry

    A black lecturing others on writing skills. LOL ” Know what im sayen, bra.” Blacks as a group/race have the worst communication skills in the USA. You and I know this is a fact. Half of the black students in Memphis don’t finish high school and I could go on for days.

  • Student

    I am sorry for this guy and I am glad the kid is alright. I just have to say I am a student with about 15 black male students in my class. My teacher is a black male, 29 years old, with a wife and kids, from DETROIT, and they are some of the nicest people I have ever met. No one fights, nothing has come up missing. You can leave your electronics or keys out without worry. We are like a family. There are white people also. Everyone just gets along. People aren’t always bad.

  • Terrie

    Not all whites owned slaves so why are ALL whites being blamed?
    And, if it were such a horrible thing, why didn’t ANY black man stand up for himself ? Why didn’t he/they fight back? Sounds like a lot of fear to me & they just need a reason to hide the cowardness.

  • Wisdom

    There’s no need to defend our people’s history. Truth be told, you Europeans get what you asked for. You hate black people? You believe black people are criminals? Animals? Lazy? Well, thank your lazy, brutal, savage European ancestors for kidnapping blacks from Africa. If you idiots hadn’t been too lazy to pick your own cotton and tobacco, none of this would be happening. And after the slaves were freed, your people made laws to ensure blacks would never have equal footing in this country. Also, check your history around the rest of the planet. Nothing about your history has been civilized. You Euros have been killing blacks with impunity ever since we set foot on this land. What exactly do you expect? Blacks can’t go in Dearborn Michigan, which is a suburb of Detroit. Last year, a 19 year old black woman was killed when she wrecked her car early in the morning and knocked on a resident’s door for help. The resident shot her through the door. So yeah, this was probably payback. You all will reap what you’ve sown. How dare you point your fingers, you people are a degenerate, defective race who’s responsible for the degeneracies of many other cultures that weren’t degenerate until they were exposed to your degeneracy

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