Ethnic intimidation charges brought in attack from last April

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP (AP) -- Prosecutors are bringing ethnic intimidation charges in an attack last year on a 25-year-old black man outside his friend's home in suburban Detroit.

The Detroit Free Press recently reported that charges were elevated after Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper reviewed the case last Friday.

Twenty-five-year-old Stephen Harris of Farmington Hills told police he was beaten with fists and was struck with a brick as three men yelled racial slurs. The attack happened in April in Oakland County's West Bloomfield Township.

Harris says the new charges bring some relief but he wanted such charges earlier.

Fariss Shayota, his brother Naseem Shayota and Savio Yaldo were originally charged with aggravated assault. Attorneys representing Fariss and Naseem Shayota said their clients will be vindicated. Yaldo didn't yet have a lawyer on record.

Published: Wed, Feb 22, 2012