Teen charged in beating of man outside Motor City Pride event

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A 16-year-old boy has been charged with Assault with Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm and Aggravated Assault in connection with the mob attack on a man near the Motor City Pride festival.

The teen is the first to be charged in the June 8 beating that took place along Detroit's Riverwalk. 

In court, prosecutors told the referee handling Saturday's bond hearing that the teen shouted gay slurs at the victim during the attack that was captured on cell phone video and later posted to YouTube.

7 Action News caught up with the teen suspect's mother as she was leaving juvenile court and asked her if her son was sorry.

"Of course he's sorry," said his mother.

And when asked if she knew why her son took part in the assault, she replied, "Following behind the boys he's with.. Influenced.. Hanging with the wrong people."

The teen's mother also said she was only recently made aware of her son's Facebook and Instagram accounts that show him smoking marijuana, holding two firearms and wads of cash.

"I don't use internet," she told 7 Action News.

The assault left the victim, 20-year-old Christin Howard, with a fractured finger, an eye injury and a number of bruises.

Detroit Police are continuing to search for others involved in the attack that police have called a hate crime.

The teen's bond in that assault case has been set at $20,000 cash.

On Saturday, it was also revealed that the teen tested positive for marijuana. And he's also facing one count of carjacking and assault in an unrelated case in which prosecutors say the teen punched a man in the back of his head before driving off in his vehicle.

Before walking away, the teen's mother said, "I hope this teaches him a lesson. That you have to make up your mind to do the right thing."

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