MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The Mobile County District Attorney’s Office said Mobile police have made an arrest in the beating of Matthew Owens.
Authorities said the suspect is 44-year-old Terry Rawls. They said he is charged with first degree assault.
Rawls had nothing to say when asked about what happened last Saturday night. That’s when Matthew Owens was severely beaten by an unknown amount of people. Cpl. Chris Levy with Mobile police said this wasn’t the first run-in between the two.
At last check, Owens was in fair condition at USA Medical Center. ~ Thank God!
~ REVERSE Racism Going On:
A racially charged beating of a white Alabama man by a throng of African-Americans is not being investigated as a hate crime, despite one witness’ claim that she heard an assailant exclaim: “Now that’s justice for Trayvon.”
Matthew Owens, of Mobile, Ala., was assaulted with baseball bats, paint cans and other weapons at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday after telling a group of children to stop playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive, according to Ashley Rains, public information officer for the Mobile Police Department.
Mobile police expect to make arrests today. Owens is in critical condition at USA Medical Center, three days after police say he was beaten by “multiple people” armed with chairs, pipes and paint cans .
Matthew Owens lying in the ICU at USA Medical Center.
UPDATE: Tuesday 3:10 p.m.
Mayor Sam Jones is urging the public not to jump to conclusions and to wait until the investigation is finished.
“Police will certainly explore a racial motive if the evidence supports it,” said Jones. “This type of mob violence will not be tolerated. If people think we are going to tolerate that to bring attention to some national event, they are sorely mistaken. They will be arrested and prosecuted for assault or whatever the appropriate charge may be,” he said.
News 5’s Lauren Vargas spoke with a neighbor who also heard a member of the mob that beat Matthew Owens say “Now thats justice for Trayvon.”
That backs up what Owens’ sister, who witnessed the attack from her house across the street, told News 5. Ashey Parker calls it “the scariest thing I have ever witnessed.”
Owens’ brother, who does not want to be named because he fears for his safety, told News 5 the mob showed up in 3-4 cars full of people.
~ WTH does this have to do with another crime?! Looking for an excuse! Basketball? Taking a page from Meta World Dog.
Police canvassed the area, but did not find any suspects. They’re asking anyone with information to call them at 251-208-7211, Crime Stoppers at 251-208-7000, or text a tip to 274637 and include the keyword CRIME 411.
A 40-year-old man was in critical condition today after being severely beaten Saturday night by a group of men in the 1000 block of Delmar Drive, Mobile police said.
Delmar Drive runs south off Pleasant Valley Road and runs parallel to Interstate 65, two blocks to the east.