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Teen charged with hate crime in Detroit mob beating

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DETROIT (WJBK) -- A 16-year-old held in connection with the brutal mob beating of a motorist who stopped to help a 10-year-old Detroit boy struck by his pickup truck has been charged with assault and a hate crime.

Wayne Co. Prosecutor Kym Worthy says the teen was charged as a juvenile Thursday. He remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on April 12.

FOX 2 legal analyst Charlie Langton says the charge of ethnic intimidation is the first hate crime-related charge in the case which has gained national attention.

Steven Utash, 54, of Clinton Township, struck David Harris on Morang Street on April 2. A mob swarmed him as he checked the boy and proceeded to beat him with their fists and feet, Worthy says.

Utash, who is white, remains in the hospital in critical condition in a medically induced coma.

Seventeen-year-old Bruce Wimbush Jr., 30-year-old Wonzey Saffold, 24-year-old James Davis and an unidentified fifth suspect already face charges stemming from the beating.

Clergy from various faiths inside and outside Detroit will hold a prayer service for Utash. The "A Night of Healing" program is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Historic Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit.

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