Warrant Signed In Matthew Owens Beating
By: Jamie Burch
MOBILE, Alabama — Wednesday 11:40 a.m.
The Mobile County District Attorney’s Office tells News 5 a warrant has been signed for one person involved in the beating of Matthew Owens.
Owens and the suspect have had an ongoing feud since 2009, according to the DA’s Office. They’re expected to surrender today.
We’re checking to see how many people the DA plans to charge.
The controversial case is the talk of Mobile. Callers lit up the phone lines this morning at FM Talk 106.5. Sean Sullivan and Wayne Gardner say they’ve never had that many calls about a single topic before.
Wednesday 12:45 a.m.
Mobile police did not make an arrest before the end of the day as they expected. But police are in the process of serving warrants.
Neighbors say Matthew Owens chased off a group of black kids with kitchen knives after the boys lost a basketball in his sister’s yard. He was attacked by as many as 20 people with chairs, pipes and paint cans a short time later.
Based on the accusations forom angry neighbors, News 5 did some digging and learned Owens has a violent track record. The Mobile County Metro Jail log shows police have arrested Owens numerous times over the past 12 years for things like domestic violence, assault and sex abuse. His first arrest was November 4, 1990 for assault. The last time officers transported Owens to jail was last March on a domestic violence charge.
Regardless of what happened Saturday night leading up to the beating, police and most people would agree that it is not an excuse to put Owens in the ICU.
Tuesday 8:35 p.m.
Mobile police tell News 5 they still hope to make an arrest in the Matthew Owens case before the end of the night.
Owens was beaten Saturday night in front of his home on Delmar Drive. Witnesses, including Owens sister, say 20 black people attacked Owens with pipes, paint cans and chairs. Owens is still in ICU at USA Medical Center. Weaving in and out of consciousness, Owens told his brother Lloyd, “Don’t let me die.”
Police continue to downplay the Trayvon Martin connection to the beating. But a neighbor confirms what his sister told News 5. The neighbor, too scared to go on camera, told News 5’s Lauren Vargas that they heard one of the suspects say “This is justice for Trayvon” as she drove away.
Tonight, an angry mother who lives on the street told News 5’s Blake Brown that the kids who live on Delmar Drive are the real victims.
“Every single day it’s a problem with Mr. Owens concerning our kids,” Lemica Whisenhunt. “All these kids do is shoot basketball. We keep ’em in the yard. They don’t bother anybody. We’d rather them play basketball than to be around here vandalizing, breaking into people’s homes. We try to bring our kids up the right way and show people that all black kids are not bad.”
Tuesday 7:30 p.m.
Tensions are running high on Delmar Drive.
Before Lauren Vargas’ live shot on News 5 at 5:00, a black woman who lives on the street started yelling at Lauren saying the kids are the real victims.
Tuesday 6:00 p.m.
From his hospital bed and weaving in and out of consciousness, Matthew Owens told his brother Lloyd, “Don’t let me die.”
Lloyd taked to The Schnitt Show about Saturday’s attack on Delmar Drive that landed him in the ICU. Click here to listen to that interview.
Earlier today, Todd Schnitt interviewed News 5’s Blake Brown.
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.
Tuesday 3:05 p.m.
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.
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