Teen Called Instigator in 'Savage Beating' of Steve Utash

"This is not my child you are describing," says mother of 16-year-old charged with hate crime in attack on motorist who stopped to assist a boy he'd accidentally struck with his pickup.

Steve Utash, surrounded here by his children, awoke from his medically induced coma Friday. (Photo: Go Fund Me)
Steve Utash, surrounded here by his children, awoke from his medically induced coma Friday. (Photo: Go Fund Me)

The youngest of five people arrested so far and the only suspect charged with a hate crime in the vicious attack on 54-year-old Steve Utash earlier this month was the first to throw punches and was reportedly the instigator.

Assistant Wayne County Attorney Matthew Penney made the allegations during a court hearing Saturday at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center in Detroit, where the 16-year-old is being held, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Penney argued that the suspect, who is from Detroit, poses a danger to society.

Utash had stopped to assist a 10-year-old boy he had accidentally struck with his pickup truck after the youth darted into traffic, when the suspect led the “savage beating of a completely innocent man,” Penney said.

Juvenile Court Referee Raeijen Woods noted the severity of the crime and set bail at $400,000 – $100,000 less than Penney had requested. The juvenile’s defense attorney, Sterling Coleman, pointed out that his client does not have a juvenile record and both of his parents are involved in his life.

They attended Saturday’s hearing. His mother said he is an average teenager who is considered a good kid by other parents in his neighborhood. “This is not my child you are describing,” she said.

The suspect is charged with ethnic intimidation by a minor and assault with intent to do great bodily harm. The suspect is being charged as a juvenile and his name has not been released. Four adults have also been charged with one count each of assault with intent to commit murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm.

None of the adults has been charged with a hate crime.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement that her office “can prove beyond a reasonable doubt the crimes of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and ethnic intimidation.”

More people may be charged as the investigation continues, she said.

Utash awoke from his medically induced coma Friday, according to a post from one of his daughter’s on the Go Fund Me online site, where more than $175,000 has been raised to help pay for Utash’s medical bills.

The family has also set up a post office box for donations: S. Utash, P.O. Box 761 Warren MI 48090-0761.

Utash’s daughter said Friday that her father, though conscious, was confused and flashed back to the attack, screaming for help and for someone to “please get them off me.”
Bill April 16, 2014 at 07:01 AM
It doesn’t take much for the “mob mentality,” or “herd mentality” to kick in. It appears this began as a hate crime and then that mob mentality kicked in, and emotions raged blinding all to the reality of their actions. There’s a lot of anger in this country - it doesn’t help that our political, legal and financial leaders are systematically destroying the middle class, creating a much larger, more lethal lower class.
Love All April 16, 2014 at 09:03 AM
Michelle,, Please,,, "they PROBABLY bred the hatred for whites in him"....... I would agree that we can teach our children ANYTHING we choose to. However,, I cannot imagine how you can make such a blatantly racist assertions without a SHRED of proof. I would suggest that the number of parents that actually knew their child was capable of a crime is quite low,,,, Timothy McVeigh,, Adam Lanza,, both white and both guilty of committing atrocities against innocent people,,,, can you seriously say the same thing about those white families you just said about the young man that attacked Mr. Utash in Detroit? Or do you have a different set of "standards" for white criminals?
Greg Thrasher April 18, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Pitiful reading the racist depravity that is posted on this site . Interesting how so many of these bigots hide behind alias and their computers ...
Ken April 19, 2014 at 02:20 AM
probably like you greg......... takes one to know one...........


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