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Detroit mob attack: Fifth arrest made, prayer service planned

Detroit mob attack suspects are charged with punching and kicking a 54-year-old tree trimmer stopped to check on 10-year-old David Harris after the boy stepped in front of his truck.

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These undated photos provided by the Detroit Police Department on April 8 show, from left, Wonzey Saffold, 30; James Davis, 24, and Bruce Wimbush Jr., 17. The three were charged Tuesday, April 8, 2014 in the beating of a 54-year-old man after he accidentally hit a child who stepped off the curb into the path of his truck on April 2, 2014 on the northeast side of Detroit.

Detroit police have arrested a fifth person in the beating of a motorist who'd stopped to help a 10-year-old boy struck by his truck.

Chief James Craig says the 19-year-old was arrested Wednesday, but his name hasn't been released. Craig says more arrests are "a strong possibility."

Arraignments were Tuesday for 17-year-old Bruce Wimbush Jr., 30-year-old Wonzey Saffold and 24-year-old James Davis. They're charged with assault with intent to murder and assault with intent to commit great bodily harm.

A 16-year-old boy also faces a hearing Saturday.

The motorist, Steve Utash, remains hospitalized with head injuries. At least six people punched and kicked him April 2, when the 54-year-old tree trimmer stopped to check on David Harris after the boy stepped in front of his truck.

Clergy from various faiths inside and outside Detroit will hold a prayer service for Mr. Utash.

The "A Night of Healing" program is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at Historic Little Rock Baptist Church in Detroit.

A news release says the family of 54-year-old Steve Utash will attend the program. Mayor Mike Duggan also is expected to attend.

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