Suspect in beating of Vietnam veteran at gas station had been a wanted man for 10 years

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Cortez Hawkins, suspected in Monday's beating of a Vietnam veteran, has been a wanted man and flying under the radar for a decade, according to court records.

The beating was caught on surveillance cameras at the BP Gas station located on Seven Mile near I-75.

On Friday, Hawkins, 32, was arraigned on two counts of Assault with Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm.

When Hawkins appeared in court, it was revealed that he had skipped out on a 2003 criminal case with charges that included Felony Firearm and Carrying a Concealed Weapon.

Two other men are also facing similar charges in connection with the beating of the 64-year-old veteran and his 58-year-old friend.

It appears Hawkins and the other two suspects, who share the same last name, assaulted the men because they thought they were simply parking too close to them. It began with words being exchanged and, police say, the younger trio began to punch and kick the men who are twice their age.

For the old case, the magistrate ordered that Hawkins be held without bond. On the charges involving the assault on the veteran, bond was set at $1,000,000.

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