Victim’s Sister Claims Brutal Mobile Beating Was Sparked by Neighborhood Theft

Terry Rawls is seen here on Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Rawls was arrested in the beating of Matthew Owens 4 days earlier. (Press-Register/Victor Calhoun)

Matthew Owens’ sister told the DC on Wednesday that the attack on her brother was sparked by theft and not a basketball game. Police say at least three neighbors participated in the vicious beating.
The Daily Caller reported:

The sister of a white Mobile, Alabama man who suffered severe head trauma during a beating by approximately 20 black neighbors on Saturday spoke exclusively to The Daily Caller, saying that the incident started after one of her children witnessed some of the eventual assailants stealing an item from a neighbor’s porch — not, as some media outlets have reported, following a disagreement about a pick-up basketball game in the street.

Ashley Parker, whose brother Matthew Owens is clinging to life after the assault, said Owens was attacked after her 21-year-old daughter witnessed a group of African-American youth moving from yard to yard in the neighborhood and taking something that didn’t belong to them. She told Owens, who confronted the youths.

She “saw one of them take something off a porch,” Parker said, “and that is when Matthew approached them and told them they need to go home.”

The group returned with more than a dozen others, she said, beating Owens with bats, brass knuckles, a chair, a paint can and other objects. The attack left him bloodied and unconscious.

Parker has since reinforced her account about petty theft precipitating the incident, telling the same version of events to a Facebook group that was started to support her brother.

She said she is “scared to death” and plans to move out of the neighborhood this week.

“I don’t feel safe here anymore,” she told TheDC. “My brother is being smeared. … I know how this works now. The victim always ends up the bad guy. I have lost faith in humanity because of this.”

Her children, she said, “witnessed their uncle being beaten half to death. Now my children are afraid. I will not live like this.”

She is also concerned that her home address is being distributed on Twitter.

One man, 44-year-old Terry Rawls, was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree assault in the case, WKRG-TV5 in Mobile reported. Deputy Police Chief Lester Hargrove said investigators now believe only four people were involved in the beating, with the rest of the group standing and watching.

In a stunning development on Tuesday, WKRG released raw footage of an African-American woman who lives on the street where the beating occurred exclaiming that Owens, not the mob, was at fault. She yelled her protest in the direction of correspondent Lauren Vargas and her cameraman as they prepared to shoot a news segment.

The woman, who did not identify herself, said that police had to be called “every weekend” because “Mr. Owens was swinging … knives out here in front of these kids.” She also alleged that he was “bipolar” and “he drinks.”

She also accused Owens of being a racist: “The kids’ ball just went up here in his yard,” she yelled, “and he started cussing, like calling them ‘niggers.’ How would you like for your kids to be called ‘niggers’ all the time?”

WKRG reported Wednesday after Rawls’ arrest that he lives in the same house as the woman who accused Owens, on-camera, of being a racist.

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  • anti-bho

    Look for obama to claim kinship (“if I had a son…he would look like” [insert name]) and Al and Jesse to show up in Mobile any day now to fan the flames.
    Could be the Beguine has begun.

  • mg4us

    No surprise. . They do it for Trayvon!

    Here is a good article on Zimmerman. . a black & white Hispanic. . .though they forgot to mention him tutoring black kids in town. It also gives you perspective as to what was in Zimmerman’s mind from recent experiences.

    Racist. . I think not. . Only racists are people like Jackson, Sharpton, NBPP and the mob that wants to hurt him. . . oh and add Obama to that list.

    Same folks like the ones above who hurt Matthew Owens.

    Instead of emulating good citizens like Colon Powell or Col. West, they follow the gangsta thugs and rap artists that draw them to the gutter and create urban jungles of animals stealing, robbing, raping and killing.

    I hope Zimmerman’s Narrative backfires on Obama and Holder and all those race baiters.

    In the meantime, STND YOUR GROUND and be prepared for a rough couple of months as Obama stokes the flames of racial hatred. . .’cause he doin’ it for Trayvon.

    PS this guy looks like the son Obama would have had from his VERY DARK Kenyan Dad. . .much more resemblance to the Kenyan dad than Trayvon. . .

    Even though Obama himself bears more resemblance to Malcolm X. . . .;_ylt=At7HGFAVUP9RGE4ENT6.6mGbvZx4?p=malcolm+x&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-701

  • Tom in CA

    Move along folks, no story here, it just a broken up Hayseed we are talkin bout….

  • Militant Conservative

    Hmmp, I conceal carry at home too. Anyone know when evil will visit them??
    Ever vigilant.

  • moron

    Eric Holder’s people.

  • Liberty

    Marco Rubio – just another globalist traitor!

    Rubio Praises U.N., World Bank, IMF for Not Asserting ‘Narrow American Interests’

  • Gary

    What an interesting turn of events.
    And it looks like my prediction from yesterday is already coming true.
    They’re moving out of the neighborhood.
    Well played, “black community”.
    Waiting for the outrage over this beating………….

  • Tim in Cali

    It’s going to be a long hot summer…If Mathew Owens dies,I hold the media,Obama and the race hustlers,along with Holder’s DOJ, as co-conspirators in this man’s murder…They’ve sparked a race war ,that didn’t have to happen,they wanted this to happen..

  • OldSailor

    Ah, so. Owens is a “racist” and “bigot” and thus deserves to be beaten to death. I understand now.

    As I recall from an earlier report the authorities are refusing to call this a hate crime.

  • Ruebacca

    Black Power!
    Black Power!
    Black Power!

  • Finncrisp

    Story behind the story; let’s see who the bad guy turns out to be… It is one thing to say stuff to a camera, another under oath in court.

    It is amazing to me that no mention is ever made about property rights when this stuff happens. Usually somebody’s stuff gets trashed on the way to the beat down. The colatteral damage is always somehow justified. Sad… our media is unwittingly collaborating with the violators and letting false reports dictate the tone. Again and again.

  • William

    Tim in Cali,

    This “Race War” is one sided.

    It is fomented by the malicious, vindictive, bigoted, racist, hate filled, demonic left, their blog sites, the established, mostly leftist, biased, dishonest, fabricating media, and consists of the most racist group in the USA, the black population, with “leaders” such as Al “Con Man” Sharpton, Jesse “I Have a Scheme-Shakedown” Jackson, Malik “Black Hitler” Shabaaz, Louis “Calypso-Hate Monger-Jew Hater” Farrhakan, Julian “NAACP-Race Hustler” Bond, a myriad of leftist, so-called “black” and not black leftist congresspersons and entertainment industry celebrities.

    Whites-Caucasians, and Asians are not participating in a race war. They are the targets of a Racial Jihad. Leftist white malcontents, and mainly black racists, are engaged in that race war, targeting Asians and Whites, and even Hispanics, as evidenced by their racist, hate filled, bigoted, lynch mob mentality against George Zimmerman.

    They hate whites-Caucasians, Asians, Jews, etc., and their enablers in the entertainment industry, and the paleo-Mainstream Media leftists, help promote their violent, malicious lies, fabrications, and Jihad.

    President Barack “Disgrace” Hussein Obama II – Barry Soetoro is one of their mouthpieces who pours gasoline on the fire of their hate filled, racist Crusade.

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  • Taqiyyotomist

    “How would you like for your kids to be called ‘n’rs’ all the time?”

    Hey lady, why don’t you tell your kids to quit calling each other that all the time?

  • LilyB

    She calls mr owens a racist. But they call EVERYONE who’s not black a racist. Does this term actually mean anything anymore?

  • Taqiyyotomist

    The MainSleaze Media Story On Trayvon Is Crumbling

    Read the whole thing, and the links.

    It appears that the call made on Treyvon’s phone to his supposed girlfriend — was made THREE HOURS AFTER the shooting. Who made this call?

  • democraps suck

    “How would you like for your kids to be called ‘n’rs’ all the time?”

    when they stop acting like the ghetto thugs they are…everyone will be better off…

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  • Gary

    “How would you like for your kids to be called ‘n’rs’ all the time?”

    Man would i have a great deadpan answer for that if she asked me.