4 witnesses describe White Michigan man yelling racial slurs, attacking Black teen with chain bike lock
Federal officials have revealed four different witness perspectives in the case of a White Monroe County man who is accused of yelling racial slurs and attacking a Black teenager with a chain bike lock.
White Newport man charged with ethnic intimidation, assault after Black teen seriously injured in attack
MONROE, Mich. Protesters are demanding answers after a Black teen was severely assaulted on Saturday evening at Sterling State Park. READ: White Newport man charged with assaulting Black teen in racially motivated crime in Monroe CountyDemonstrators gathered at St. Marys Park in Monroe on Monday afternoon to stand in solidarity with the teen. Devin Freelon, an 18-year-old senior at Orchard Center High School was attacked in what police are calling a racially-motivated crime. But like many other Black people in this country thats not what he has to worry about.A 42-year-old White man from Newport is accused of verbally attacking Freelon and his friends before hitting the teen in the face with a weapon. Lee James Mouat Jr. was charged Monday with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, assault with a dangerous weapon and ethnic intimidation.
Monroe County man accused of assaulting teen in alleged hate crime faces judge
MONROE COUNTY, Mich. James Lee Mouat sat before a judge Tuesday morning, nervously rocking back and forth, being arraigned on charges for what he allegedly did to 18-year-old Devin Freelon Jr. READ: Monroe County man appears in court after alleged racially motivated attack on teenagerTuesday we learned the 42-year-old is a father of 4 who was preparing to marry his fianc before being arrested. We would ask that the bond remain the same. This was a very vicious case thats being alleged against him and we think that $100,000 bond is appropriate, said another lawyer. Considering the severity of this crime and the public outcry for justice -- Mouats bond will remain at 6 figures.
Monroe man charged for assaulting Black teen in racially motivated crime
MONROE, Mich. Demonstrators are planning to gather at St. Marys Park in Monroe on Monday afternoon in solidarity with a local Black teen that was severely assaulted on Saturday evening. Officials say Devin Freelon -- an 18-year-old senior at Orchard Center High School who was poised to graduate this week -- was attacked at Sterling State Park in a racially-motivated crime. A 42-year-old man from Newport is accused of verbally attacking Freelon and his friends with racial slurs, and then hitting the teen in the face with a weapon. The racially-charged attack occurred amid a significant national outcry against racism following the killing of Black Minneapolis man George Floyd. Monroe protest organizers shared the event details for Mondays protest on Facebook demanding Justice for Devin and saying, This is why we march.RELATED: We can change the world -- Day 10 of protests ends peacefully in Detroit