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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  • Jon


  • 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.

  • Invisible Racist Goblin

    Crap, the truth got out before I could hang any nooses or spray paint slurs or stuff…

    It was me, really.

  • listingstarboard

    Why do they call each other N**gers then?

  • MAJ Mike

    This sort of thing is why I rarely go anywhere unarmed.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    Tell the top 100 “R&B” and Rap artists to quit calling them that all the time.

  • forest

    This is why the limo-libs who have created this hideous mess live in places like Vermont and Bellingham WA (0.8% black). They usually say they choose to live where they do for the “school district” or some similar excuse. It’s liberal code for “I’m afraid of black people, let’s build more public housing to salve our conscience and then move to an all-white area”.

    It’s left to people like the Owens’ to have to bear the brunt of the dependency/entitlement/resentment culture created by the limo-libs. And of course the liberal elite fraudsters at NBC News. I hope they get sued into oblivion.

  • donh

    Thatg sure is one of the BEST T shirt ever seen on a perp walk for attempted murder.

  • The Elector of Saxony

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

    No, that word means nothing. I’ve said before and it bears repeating; if you don’t want to pay all your income in taxes to support more EBT benefits and Sec 8 housing vouchers for luxury estates, you’re a racist. If you want your property taxes to support schools your kids can actually attend without having violence visited upon them, you are a racist. If you want the laws enforced so that your community is clean, quiet, orderly, and functional, you are a racist. If you think employers and schools should hire and admit the best qualified persons regardless of race, congratulations…you’re a racist.

    Once I realized there was nothing in the world I could do to NOT be a racist, I decided to simply accept the Natural Order and prefer my own White children over the children of other races just like the other races DO.

  • 1RedBeard

    Liberty, you have misread, or misunderstood, or are deliberately misrepresenting Rubio’s remarks. Try to disagree honestly, and keep your “traitor” accusations to yourself until you actually find one.

  • Huuf Arted

    Comment removed for offensive language.

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  • valerie

    Before anybody sends any emails, or forwards those addresses, I would like to remind you all that we have just witnessed our “news” media make up one story. Terry Rawls is in custody, and we ought to pay attention to the possibility that this could have been an immediate arrest of one of the “usual suspects.”

    All I’m saying is, we don’t know how he was I.d.’d. Just hang on for a little bit.

  • L.E. Liesner

    Real gun control is being able to hit the target every shot. That also is the solution to Obama’s race war.

  • Taqiyyotoimist


    Not cool.

    Cleanup on #29, please.

  • valerie

    #29 April 26, 2012 at 9:07 am
    Huuf Arted commented:

    Are you sure you don’t want your own name published?

  • Taqiyyotoimist

    Thanks, Jim.

  • valerie

    #27 April 26, 2012 at 8:31 am
    The Elector of Saxony commented:

    No, dammit. You are better than that, and so are most of the rest of us.

  • valerie

    That was quick work. Thanks, Jim.

  • jay

    Angel Adams the enraged neighbor has been in the news before. She has 15 kids and thinks you need to support her children.

  • Taqiyyotoimist


    Holy crap.

  • Taqiyyotoimist

    She has 15 children from 3 babydaddys.

    The “system” has failed her?

    No, honeychile, your vagina has failed you, by accepting so many d*&s.

    Guess what — f&&king leads to babies! Which, of course, you knew — and that is why you had so many children — so you could get more money from working Americans.


  • cal rifkin

    Lock him up with John Edwards!

  • Taqiyyotoimist

    We should be “enraged”.

    We should be holding “million p*ssed-off man marches”, in the streets of every INNER-city in America.

    But no: …the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.

    –William Butler Yeats.

  • chuck in st paul

    The ghettos are a seething cauldron of hate created and heated up by race mongers and poverty pimps, both black and white. I am so sick and tired of hearing all the false BS about white racism by black bigots and racists who use it as an excuse for their failure in life.

    The stories of blacks arriving from all over the world, struggling and succeeding put the lie to the crap that spews from these home grown cesspools. I’ve heard black immigrants say right on TV that they kept their kids away from American blacks because they didn’t want them tainted by the stupidity.

  • jay

    #35 If the left really wants to point out that Mittens grandfather was a polygamist, we should point out that Obama’s grandfather was also a polygamist. It’s also possible that Obama’s father was married to another woman at the same time he was married to Barrack’s mother.

    Neither candidate is responsible for the actions of their ancestors but it looks like “creepy liar” Lawrence O’Donnell thinks it will stick to Mitt.

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  • stonedome

    owen’s mistake is that he was not armed when he told those hood rats to stop stealing…
    let’s be honest, kids like trayvon are going to get his kind of “justice” because their “parents” allow them to act the way they do…it will not end well for them if people start using their weapons for offense like the black hood rats already do.
    when are white people going to say “enough” and stop funding their kids hip/hop rap habits…you are giving them the rope to hang you! stand up and take your culture back

  • [email protected]

    #45 good post.

    As to this entire outrage: Ship every last one of them to their muthaland.

  • stonedome

    “She also accused Owens of being a racist…” that horse is out of the barn and down the road…is it racist to consider that a majority of current black youth have not been taught how to behave in a civilized society and therefore to be avoided by whitey. look at the response of the “adults” involved. any wonder why a majority of white americans, including women, are arming themselves?

  • rumcrook

    Actually romneys grandpa was not a polygamist.

    But obummers father was

  • BuddyG

    Mark Fuhrman said the “N” word and therefore OJ wasn’t guilty.

  • Patty


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  • Patty

    Black Men Rape And Beat To Death White 85-Year-Old Wife Of D-Day Veteran – Why Is Zimmerman Worse Than Them And Trayvon More Important Than Her?

    TULSA, Oklahoma – Family members of Bob and Nancy Strait, the elderly couple attacked in their home one month ago, say they are still heartbroken.

    The motive was robbery but 85-year-old Nancy was raped and beaten to death. Ninety-year-old Bob was beaten and shot with a BB gun. It has affected a lot of people in our community.

  • DomesticGoddess

    Wow – they are totally conditioned to whip out the race card. Thanks, Obama, for taking us back to the 50’s.

  • Taqiyyotomist


    (language warning)

    This have anything to do with that mentality?

    This song is currently #5 on the charts.



  • Taqiyyotomist

    NUMBER FIVE on the charts.

    And folks wonder why this ghetto-thug culture is hell-on-earth?

    Look to the popular music.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    Remember when the F.B.I. investigated the song Louie, Louie, because there might have been something a bit off-color in it’s lyrics, which nobody could understand anyway?

    My, my. How times have changed.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    People with LITTLE KIDS listen to this demonic filth WITH THEM.

  • BuddyG

    @ #56 Taqiyyotomist “People with LITTLE KIDS listen to this demonic filth WITH THEM”

    Yup, and 0bama not only attended Rev Jeremiah “GD America” Wright’s church, he brought along his kids.

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  • Time

    Oh here we gooooo again, around and around this merry go round…when all else fails bring in the race card and use it to the max.. If indeed Mr Owens and his family were racists then why, oh why, would they buy, or rent their homes in a mixed neighborhood ? No racist would ever live among the people they are hating, none.. They would no doubt find dwellings in other parts of town that suited their racial belief.. So I do NOT believe for one mili second that this man or any of his family were racist.. I think it went down exactly as the sister said. He caught them stealing and called them out on it.. Big man was called in and he brought back up to do serious harm to Mr Owens, which he did.. Leaving him close to death.. This is all coming to a head due to the black race being spoon fed for decades that they are being profiled and the whites are racists.. Allowing this to continue will soon lead to a blood bath among races and there will be no turning back the clock.. It will be one and done for Obama, he has created a race war and it will cost him dearly not only the White House but any respect across the world and possibly he too along with his administration can be sued for loss of life… He is playing with weapons of mass destruction and that is, mankind..

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  • H8Unions

    I’m so sick of the race card…it’s become the boy who cried wolf. And there are words worse than the “N” word to describe this thug. Try him for attempted murder.

  • sandy

    When I was a kid there was always somebody on the block telling us to stop what we were doing and go home. And guess what we feared and respected this neighbor and went home. Never once did anyone think of beating this neighbor within an inch of his life. What was different — nobody was fomenting the hate that’s out there right now. The match has been light and now those who light it stand by and watch as more people become victims and so nothing.

  • sandy

    Obama needs to win the South which is traditionally Republican. To do that he needs a huge black turnout. I guess for him the ends justify the means.

  • dunce

    Everybody must get a video camera to document illegal behavior and the people doing it, though to be honest the reason many of these hoodlums wear hoodies is to conceal their identity. Police will be accused of profiling if they are forced to rely on oral descriptions and be reluctant to approach or question suspects resulting in even more crime. You can not use a gun to protect your property, only your self and your family and only under limited circumstances. If his sister had a camera to record the attack, all the assailants could quickly have been rounded up and charged. The average response time for a 911 call is 20 minutes, have something to give them when they finally get there besides the victim.

  • bg


    cal rifkin #40 April 26, 2012 at 9:44 am

    having a stick foot in mouth Obama moment??

    what the heck does that have to do with this
    case, or anything else related to hate crimes??


  • bg


    [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.”

    same thing happened here .. and who knows how many others that have
    not been reported, and w thought it was racism that turned nice habitats
    into ghetto’s.. /s/


  • bg


    re: #66 April 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm bg

    w = we


  • even steven

    Nearly thirty years ago, I was attacked by a gang of black men, beaten severely, robbed, and left for dead in a field. Last year, a friend’s little brother was attacked in Little Rock by a gang of black men. They beat him to death in the parking lot of a pizza place where he had worked. In Chattanooga, my late uncle was attacked by four black men in the bus station parking lot. These racist black people have pushed others to the brink of some seriously harsh behavior. They better back off, because they will lose a fight the likes of which they cannot imagine.

  • Lil Obie

    @ #10 ruebacca

    Blacks should shower!
    Blacks should shower!
    Blacks should shower!

  • ChillytheAlaskan

    The new justification for aggravated assault, robbery,murder, or any black on white crime! He called me a n***er! Do you think they called him cracker as they beat him?

    I can see it coming, next will be “he thought of me as a ni**er, I could see it in his eyes”!

  • Lil Obie

    “How would you like for your kids to be called ni***s all the time?”

    Well, if they were acting like ni***s, I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • squeaky

    bg 66
    “..same thing happened here .. and who knows how many others that have
    not been reported, and w thought it was racism that turned nice habitats
    into ghetto’s.. /s/” and an addition to that attack could be the question of just what kids are learning in school….[The boy raised his hand, eager to answer the question. “What would you know about it?” exclaimed the teacher dismissively. “You’re not our race.”]

  • bg


    re: Lil Obie #71 April 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    re: [“How would you like for your kids to be called ni***s all the time?”]

    the ONLY people i EVER hear calling anyone the N word are Black..

    damn, they’re always getting down with the N word down in each others
    face, must be an Obama they bring a knife you bring a gun kinda love to
    hate the bro thang.. /s/


  • bg


    squeaky #72 April 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    oh yes, indeed he was mentally attacked before he was physically
    attacked, both attacks being RACIALLY MOTIVATED HATE CRIMES..



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