DETROIT — A 17-year-old charged in connection with the brutal beating of a motorist who hit a child last week in Detroit was arraigned Tuesday.
Bruce Edward Wimbush Jr. of Detroit was arraigned in 36th District Court by Magistrate Millicent Sherman on charges of assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm in connection with the assault on 54-year-old Steve Utash, who was beaten by a mob of people.
Wimbush appeared via video. He'll be back in court April 21. He was given a bond of $500,000 cash surety, which his attorney, Randall Upshaw, called excessive.
"It should be considered when an individual has absolutely no criminal contact, he did not use a weapon, he's not alleged to use a weapon, he's alleged to have a minor role," Upshaw said.
He said Wimbush "voluntarily surrendered to the police, they didn't have to come to his house and pick him up. They did not have to go out and search for him. They mentioned his name, he and his family went there. They asked him to speak. He spoke. He told them whatever he knew. He had the right to remain silent, but no he wanted to speak and tell the offices what happened. He showed good faith.
"When he was released, he came back. What else you need a bond for?"
Utash was attacked by between 10 and 12 people last Wednesday after his truck hit a 10-year-old who stepped into the street on Detroit's east side, police have said.
Three other people, including a 16-year-old, have been arrested in connection with the assault, as well, police said.
The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday announced charges against 24-year-old James Deontae Davis and 30-year-old Wonzey Saffold, both of Detroit in connection with the assault. They've both been charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to do great bodily harm and are expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Detroit's 36th District Court.
The 16-year-old has not been charged and remains at the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Center. The prosecutor's office is determining whether to charge the teen as an adult.
Upshaw said Wimbush spoke to police and "wanted to admit to what he knew." He said his client allegedly ran from the scene of the assault.
"It was alleged that by the time the offense got serious, he was no longer there," Upshaw said. "It's alleged that he was there from the beginning but nowhere close near the end."
Upshaw said Wimbush is a junior at East English Preparatory Academy.
"He's an average 17-year-old young man," he said.
Upshaw said Wimbush is remorseful.
"The family and everyone who knows about the case is remorseful for the victim," Upshaw said. He said that's why Wimbush wanted to go speak to police "because he's remorseful about what happened to the victim."