Man Beaten By Mob, Member of Group says “Now thats Justice for Trayvon”
(WKRG) Mayor Sam Jones is urging the public not to jump to conclusions and to wait until the investigation is finished.
“Police will certainly explore a racial motive if the evidence supports it,” said Jones. “This type of mob violence will not be tolerated. If people think we are going to tolerate that to bring attention to some national event, they are sorely mistaken. They will be arrested and prosecuted for assault or whatever the appropriate charge may be,” he said. News 5’s Lauren Vargas spoke with a neighbor who also heard a member of the mob that beat Matthew Owens say “Now thats justice for Trayvon.”
That backs up what Owens’ sister, who witnessed the attack from her house across the street, told News 5. Ashey Parker calls it “the scariest thing I have ever witnessed.”
Owens’ brother, who does not want to be named because he fears for his safety, told News 5 the mob showed up in 3-4 cars full of people.
Mobile police expect to make arrests in the Matthew Owens beating case today.
Owens is in critical condition at USA Medical Center, three days after police say he was beaten by “multiple people” armed with chairs, pipes and paint cans Saturday night in front of his house on Delmar Drive.
Police are downplaying the Trayvon Martin comment, but the family insists one of the attackers said “Now thats justice for Trayvon” after the attack. Trayvon Martin is the unarmed teenager police say was shot and killed February 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.
Monday 6:55 p.m.
Mobile police need your help to catch a mob that beat Matthew Owens so badly that he’s in critical condition.
According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night. They say the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with everything but the kitchen sink.
Police tell News 5 the suspects used chairs, pipes and paint cans to beat Owens.
Owens’ sister, Ashley Parker, saw the attack. “It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed.” Parker says 20 people, all African American, attacked her brother on the front porch of his home, using “brass buckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on.”
Police will only say “multiple people” are involved.
What Parker says happened next could make the fallout from the brutal beating even worse. As the attackers walked away, leaving Owen bleeding on the ground, Parker says one of them said “Now thats justice for Trayvon.” Trayvon Martin is the unarmed teenager police say was shot and killed February 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida.
Police canvassed the area, but did not find any suspects. They’re asking anyone with information to call them at 251-208-7211, Crime Stoppers at 251-208-7000, or text a tip to 274637 and include the keyword CRIME 411.