Man charged in YMCA locker room attack in which ex-NFL star Braylon Edwards saved 80-year-old’s life


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A person accused of attacking an aged fitness center patron in Farmington Hills, Michigan — the place ex-NFL and Michigan soccer star Braylon Edwards intervened to save lots of the gym-goer’s life — was charged. 

Malik Ali Smith, 20, is being charged with assault with intent to homicide, carrying a most sentence of life in jail if convicted, Fox 2 Detroit reported.

Smith attacked the 80-year-old man after an trade of phrases contained in the locker room at Farming Hills YMCA round 10:45 a.m. on March 1. Edwards, a Michigan Wolverines legend who was drafted third total by the Cleveland Browns in 2005, overheard the commotion induced after the verbal tussle and stepped in simply in time. 

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College of Michigan All-American & NFL Professional-Bowler, Braylon Edwards attends the Jalen Rose Management Academy Golf Event offered by Tom Gores & Platinum Fairness held at Detroit Golf Membership at Detroit Golf Membership on August 26, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Scott Legato/Getty Photos)

“I stroll into the locker room after work, and mainly, I hear about 4 rows behind me arguing about music and the way it was being performed too loud,” Edwards explained. “So, I’m not paying consideration, and I used to be simply minding my enterprise.

“The noise escalates, after which you possibly can hear some pushing and shoving, so you recognize what combating feels like, however as soon as I hear a thud, that’s once I obtained up and rotated.”

BRAYLON EDWARDS, EX-NFL AND MICHIGAN STAR, SAVES 80-YEAR-OLD MAN’S LIFE DURING LOCKER ROOM ATTACK

Edwards revealed to WDIV-TV that authorities came upon, if he didn’t step in, the aged man might have died. He’s at present within the hospital in vital situation.

“I see the man for what I used to be pondering was reaching for a telephone beneath the sufferer, grabs the again of the sufferer’s head by the hair, and he was about to slam it down on the counter,” Edwards stated.

Braylon Edwards runs on field

Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets in the course of the first apply in Metlife Stadium on June 16, 2010 at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Benjamin Solomon/Getty Photos)

“I didn’t comprehend it was that critical. I imply, the sufferer in all probability had a critical concussion by nature, nevertheless it wasn’t till I talked to the detective, Jacobs down in Farmington, who instructed me that if I didn’t step in, however on the finish of the day that’s what you do.”

Smith allegedly fled the YMCA, however police have been in a position to arrest him close by. They made be aware of the Good Samaritan in Edwards. 

“This was a vicious, mindless assault,” Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald stated, by way of Fox 2 Detroit. “I commend the witness who intervened, and we are going to search justice for this sufferer.”

Mark Ali Smith booking photo

Mark Ali Smith was charged in an assault at a Michigan YMCA. (Oakland County Sheriff’s Workplace)

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Smith is being held on $250,000 bond and has a possible trigger convention for March 13 at 1:30 p.m. 


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