UPDATE: It’s Happened Again: Man Hospitalized In Vicious Attack Over Trayvon Martin

Posted on April 26, 2012

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UPDATE: 4/26/2012 – Police have made an arrest in the case.  The update follows after the original story below.

Story originally posted 4/24/2012

Alabama (The Gaslamp Post) – A Mobile man is hospitalized in critical condition after he was beaten by a mob of about 20 blacks.  According to WKRG, Mr. Matthew Owens had words with a group of black youths this past Saturday evening, who were playing basketball in the middle of the street in front of his home.  The youths left but returned with a much larger group, armed with paint cans, metal pipes, and chairs.

According to the victims sister, Ms. Ashley Parker, the mob descended onto Owens, and beat him viciously as he sat on his front porch.  “It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed,” said Parker.

“Brass buckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on,” were used, according to Parker, to beat Owens almost to death.  According to Parker, as the mob walked away from Owen’s limp and battered body, one of them turned to her and said, “Now thats justice for Trayvon.”  This of course refers to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the assailant of the now charged, George Zimmerman.

No arrests have been made, and police have asked that anyone with information regarding this brutal attack, call police.

(h/t:  WKRG-TVDrudge Report)

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UPDATE:  4/26/2012 – Police have made an arrest in the case and are pursuing at least 3 others in conjunction with the mob style attack on Matthew Owens.  Police are not considering this a hate crime.

Terry Rawls, 44, charged in connection with the beating of Matthew Owens. He is out of jail after posting bond.

Police say Owens’ neighbor, Terry Rawls, 44, turned himself into authorities this afternoon, and was released after posting bond.  According to police, Owens and Rawls have a history of run-ins.  Instead of a “hate crime,” police are calling this a neighbor dispute.

Rawls, who has an extensive criminal record of cocaine possession, burglary, assault, and theft, was charged with assault 1st degree.

Although it was reported by several witnesses that one of the individuals in the mob, now identified as a woman yelled, “now this is justice for Trayvon,” police are downplaying the race factor.  “I can tell you this without a doubt, 100% certainty, that Trayvon Martin was not the motivating factor in this incident,” says Cpl. Chris Levy.

According to police, only four members of the mob actually beat Owens, and claim that the rest were mere bystanders.  Owens sister maintains her original statement of the entire mob attacking her brother.  She did also change it, however, saying that she saw the kids toss their basketball into Ownes’ yard in an attempt to steal something from his porch.  This she said, was what led to Owens having words with them, which in turn brought the mob to his front porch.

Police said that they’re not buying the story.

Owens sister, Ashley Parker, who witnessed the attack from across the street, declined to speak on camera, out of fear for her life.

Owens reportedly has a cluttered criminal history himself, according to WKRG-5.  He has a record of charges domestic violence, sexual abuse, and assault.  He remains in intensive care.

Residents of the neighborhood awoke the next morning to yards littered with racist flyers which police believe were distributed by white supremacists, looking to take advantage of the situation.  Police say that the fliers are over 3 years old.

One reportedly angry mother stated that the kids are the real victims, here.

(h/t:  WKRG-TV)

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