Man clings to life after beating–
Police are asking for help with the case – One of attackers said “This is justice for Trayvon!”
A Mobile man clings to life tonight after a brutal beating yesterday by a mob armed with chairs, pipes and paint cans in his front yard.
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.
Don’t expect this to get much media attention.
It doesn’t fit their narrative.
Matthew Owens lying in the ICU at USA Medical Center. (WKRG)
UPDATE: Children and women in dresses joined in the beating.
Local 15 reported:
At first, when he heard his friend at the door, the man thought it was a joke. “Then I saw about 10 to 15 people from little kids and women with dresses to adult men, just flooding onto the property, surrounding the car, hollering and screaming,” he says. “And then I heard Matthew saying, ‘ I’m sorry, man, I’m sorry. I’m sorry.’ And then, the next thing, before I could get to the door, because we have it all deadbolted and everything, and before I could get it open, I heard all the beating and banging.”
…Meanwhile, the incident has left some who live on this street troubled and nervous including Owens’ friend. “Oh, my God” he says. “He was laying on the ground full of blood. I mean, it was horrible. His head, everything. Blood was pouring from his head, both sides. And his whole body was drenched in blood.”
Mobile Police are encouraging anyone who knows the identity of the attackers to contact Crimestoppers.