Mobile, Ala. man beaten by mob - CBS46 News

Sister of beaten Alabama man claims group says it was justice for Trayvon

Posted: Updated:
Matthew Owens, Courtesy: WKRG Matthew Owens, Courtesy: WKRG

Authorities say a Mobile, Ala., man was savagely beaten by several adults after reprimanding a group of children for playing basketball in the street.

Matthew Owens is in serious condition at the University of South Alabama Medical Center after police said a group of adults, possibly armed with chairs, paint cans and baseball bats, attacked the 40-year-old on Saturday night.

"It was one of those situations where there was a ton of people there, but for some reason not a lot of details were given to investigators that night," said Chris Levy, with the Mobile Police Department.

According to WKRG, Owens' sister, Ashley Parker, saw the attack.

"It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed," Parker told WKRG.

Parker said 20 people, all African-American, attacked her brother on the front porch of his home.

As the attackers walked away, Parker said one of them said, "Now that's justice for Trayvon."

Trayvon Martin is the unarmed teenager who was shot and killed Feb. 26 by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman in Samford, Fla.

Zimmerman claims he acted in self-defense.

Police in Mobile have not made any arrests in Owens' beating.

Copyright 2012 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press and WKRG contributed to this report.