Gun-toting Detroit woman runs to help white man beaten by Detroit mob
Retired nurse Deborah Hughes grabs her gun, runs outside after seeing a seething Detroit crowd attack a truck driver. ‘He was a man. He wasn’t white, ‘’ says the African-American woman who threw herself over beaten Steve Utash, who had stopped after hitting a boy who ran into traffic.
She got her gun, she ran into the street, and she threw herself on top of a white man being beaten by a mob of black men.
“He was a man. He wasn’t white. He was a man. And I was ready to shoot anybody who hit that man again,” retired nurse Deborah Hughes told FOX2 News in Detroit.
The African-American woman was protecting Steve Utash, 54, a white man who accidently hit a 10-year-old boy with his truck last week and got out to see if the youngster was hurt.
Hughes said she heard the commotion in her apartment across the street.
She looked out her window and saw a distraught Utash. “What did I do? Did I hurt him?” he called to the crowd that quickly had begun to form.
There was about 150 people out there, but nobody helped that man.
And then things turned ugly, Hughes told the station.
She could seen blow after blow raining down on the man.
That’s when she got her handgun and ran out the door.
“Me, I don’t want to hurt nobody,” said the Detroit woman.
But she guarded Utash until the paramedics arrived and police broke up the crowd.
Three people have since been charged with assault. A teenage boy was also charged with a hate crime Thursday in the mob attack captured by surveillance video. Utash was also robbed.
MY FOX DETROITDeborah Hughes, packing heat, ran to the Detroit street where a mob was attacking a man who had stopped to help a boy he had hit with his truck.
The boy was not seriously hurt and was treated for a broken leg.
Utash, however, remains in critical condition under a medically induced coma with severe head injuries.
Police have said Utash clipped the boy with his truck after the youngster ran into the street.
Police are still looking for others who participated in the beating.
Hughes was praised as a “Detroit hero” for helping to break up the mob.