Police have arrested and charged four suspects in the politically charged beating of a man in the middle of a Chicago street earlier this month.
The suspects, 26-year-old Julian Christian, 21-year-old Rajane Lewis, 20-year-old Dejuan Collins and a 17-year-old girl who wasn’t identified, have all been charged with vehicular hijacking, The Associated Press reported.
Julian Christian, 26, from left, Dejuan Collins, 20, and Rajane Lewis, 21, and an unidentified 17-year-old charged in the incident. Image Credit: Chicago Police Department
The victim, David Wilcox, 49, recalled what happened in an interview with The Chicago Tribune:
“One of the guys – African-American at the bus stop – said ‘Yeah, that’s one of those white boy Trump supporters.’ And I said ‘What does that have to do with this accident? I just want to exchange insurance.’”[…]
“And then, the next thing I know, the guy said, ‘Don’t worry about it, we’re gonna beat his ass.’”
Some bystanders could be heard shouting anti-Trump phrases as the man was taken to the ground and beaten by a group of people in the street. He said they kicked him in the head and started “stealing” all of his belongings.
“I tried to go to the car, I got hit some more,” he recalled. “I tried to get into a defensive stance to try to ward them off a little bit, hold them back, and then another guy said ‘Get the car! Get the car!’”
A suspect actually drove off with Wilcox’s car — and the victim hung on to the vehicle for roughly one mile before he let go, ABC 30 reported.
Wilcox admitted he is a supporter of President-elect Donald Trump, but said he didn’t tell admit that to anyone during the incident.
Now the four suspects, who appeared gleeful as they assaulted the innocent man, will face justice.
Wilcox, who previously said he hopes the suspects get caught, has vowed to attend “every court date” in the case.