On September 22, a 64-year-old man was allegedly brutally attacked by three men and a woman in the BP gas station in Detroit located near Interstate 75 at 800 E. Seven Mile. The attack, which was caught on surveillance cameras, showed the victim being savagely attacked as he was dragged, kicked, jumped on, and beaten according to a news article at Mlive.com. Another person who was with the man reportedly fled on foot after being knocked down by the assailants.
The victim was taken to an area hospital with what were reported to be non life-threatening injuries. The three men allegedly attacked the man, while the woman waited in a “get-away” car. Those charged in the attack include 28-year-old Dominique Neal, two counts of accessory after the fact to assault with intent to do great bodily harm and felonious assault; the three men were all charged with two counts each of assault with intent to do great bodily harm, and include 32-year-old Donrico Hawkins, 31-year-old Cortez Hawkins, and 32-year-old Juan Hawkins. Cortez and Juan Hawkins also face one count each of felonious assault.
The victim and his friend were crossing the parking lot at the BP station when they were approached by a man wearing an athletic jersey, who proceeded to punch the older gentlemen before two of his accomplices become involved in the brawl. Dominique Neal, driver of the get-away car, stood by and nonchalantly puts fuel in her car, seemingly paying no attention to the altercation, then drives the vehicle away at approximately the same time the assailants are leaving.
The 64-year-old victim was said to be bleeding from his head and mouth when medics arrived on the scene. While no motive is known for the attack, police believe it was a random incident.
Individuals who are convicted of assault with intent to do great bodily harm will face serious and life-changing consequences. Potential penalties include fines of up to $5,000, up to 10 years in prison, and possibly restitution. In cases where it can be proven that the defendant intended to commit murder, criminal penalties are even more severe.
Anyone who has been arrested or charged with an assault or violent crime must take action immediately to protect your freedom and future. Contact a seasoned Michigan criminal defense attorney right away for effective legal guidance and representation.