Police have arrested a 16-year-old in connection with the beating of Christin Howard at the Motor City Pride event earlier this month.
Howard, who is gay, and his mother said a warrant request has been forwarded to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, according to Detroit Free Press.
“I know they will catch the rest of them,” his mother Tammara Hall told Detroit Free Press. “Thank God they caught this one. Those guys were totally wrong with what they did to my son. If there are people walking around here that are cruel and mean, everyone wants justice and wants those boys to go to jail.”
Howard said the incident began while taking photos with friends at the Detroit Riverwalk during the Pride event. While taking photos, a group of men approached him and began shouting homophobic slurs and criticizing his hair and attire.
The assault was captured on a cell phone and since the arrest multiple witnesses have come forward to help identify the other assailants. Howard was left with bruises to the face and back as well as a broken finger.