2 arrests made in Detroit mob attack on man

Steve Utash (center) (Photo courtesy WDIV-TV)
Steve Utash (center) (Photo courtesy WDIV-TV)

DETROIT (AP) — Two teenagers have been arrested in an attack on a suburban Detroit man who was beaten by a mob after accidentally hitting a boy with his pickup truck.

Police say the 17-year-old and 16-year-old males are believed to have played a direct role in the beating of Steve Utash, who is in critical condition.

Police say no charges will be filed immediately against the teens while investigators continue their work. Police believe at least six people were involved.

A mob swarmed Utash as he was checking on the 10-year-old boy he hit with his pickup Wednesday on Detroit’s east side. The boy’s injuries were not life-threatening.

The case has outraged the public, clergy and elected officials. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan called the attack “senseless.” And a prominent pastor, the Rev. Horace Sheffield III, called on the public to go block by block to find the “heartless perpetrators.”

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