Donald Eugene Corsi and Howard Oral Hughes face felony charges after a black teen says he was racially profiled and assaulted in his car in a Sanford, Florida neighborhood, the same city where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in 2012. The 16-year-old boy’s father, CJ Jones, posted video and photos of the aftermath of the incident to Facebook on June 14, 2022. The men are accused of throwing a large rock through the window of the boy’s car. while he was driving.
The incident happened at Maple Glen Place in Sanford, where both Corsi and Hughes live. Teen’s sister wrote on Twitter on June 15“Yesterday, my 16-year-old brother was racially profiled in a neighborhood in Sanford, Florida, the same city as Trayvon Martin. Fortunately, he had a different fate. I commend my brother for how he reacted in the situation. They tried to throw a brick at his head, and they missed.”
Corsi, 52, and Hughes, 61, were later arrested, according to Seminole County court records viewed by Heavy. They are both charged with gun offenses where they are charged with sending a “missile” into a vehicle, which is a second-degree felony, and criminal mischief, where they are charged with causing more than $1,000 in property damage, which is a third-degree felony. They were released from Seminole County Jail after paying bail, records show.
It was not immediately known whether an unidentified woman featured in the video is being charged or could be charged. Corsi and Hughes were arrested by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, records show. An arrest report was not immediately available and the sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case. Corsi and Hughes also did not comment and neither had lawyers listed in online court files. The video and their arrests were: first highlighted by ThatDaneshGuy.
Here’s what you need to know about the incident and about Donald Corsi and Howard Hughes:
The video posted by CJ Jones on Facebook, recorded by his son, was taken after he stopped his car, called 911 and got out. The video shows Donald Corsi and Howard Hughes walking around the car and yelling at the boy. Corsi says the boy “burned up and raced through my f***** neighborhood” while hitting the teen’s face.
Hughes then also gets in the face of the 16-year-old and yells, “I told you not to.” The boy tells Hughes to get out of his face and he replies, “I’m not standing in your face. Get away from me f***wad.” An unidentified woman, holding a cell phone in her hand, also yells at him, “Get out of this neighborhood. Get out of this neighborhood. You don’t belong here.” Earlier, when the boy asked if anyone had a gun, the woman was heard to say, “You’re the one who would have a gun.”
Jones said on Facebook that the police had been called to the scene, but did not immediately arrest the couple. Court records show that they were later taken into custody by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office on a felony charge. Further information about the case from the police was not immediately available.
The boy’s sister added on Twitter: “Here’s what the car looked like afterward. He had every right to be in that area. He was going to visit a friend. He didn’t deserve how mean he was treated in that video. And now his car has been damaged by sheer hatred. Arrests were eventually made. But let’s face it, if it had been the other way around, my brother would have been handcuffed before any questions were asked. They roamed free for a while. Hoping that justice is done, they will lose their jobs and face other punishments to come.”
the boy said in a video that other neighbors came out to defend the men when the police arrived. He said in the video, “Whatever one of them said, they said, ‘Officer, we won’t tolerate any of that in our neighborhood,’ basically saying I don’t belong in their neighborhood.”
CJ Jones wrote on Facebook: “These are the photos of the two men who racially profiled my son and threw rocks at my son’s head. Luckily, he moved and the rock landed in the back. In response to a comment stating that the men” were out to kill him,” Jones replied, “That’s exactly what he was trying to do to kill my son.”
Jones also posted a Facebook Live video of the scene on June 14 when he arrived. Hughes and Corsi can be seen in the background talking to the police. Jones said they threw a “big ole stone” at the car window while his son was inside. They also hit the car with a traffic cone, Jones said in the video.
“Black people can’t stay here,” Jones said in the video. “They gave me a problem when I got in my Jeep. … Clearly and simply racial.” In the video, Corsi and Hughes can wave to Jones as he talks about what happened.
Howard Hughes lives in Sanford, Florida, with his wife near where the incident took place, public records show. His Facebook page shows that he is an Ironman athlete and has driven cars in Sebring, Florida and elsewhere. Hughes’ profile contains no information about where he works.
Hughes often posts about traffic problems on Florida’s highways and roads. In January, Hughes wrote: “It’s just a thought, but if a major arterial road has to be completely closed off, as westbound 408 was this morning, then perhaps all driveways within a few miles of the closure would have to be blocked, leaving hundreds of additional vehicles are not added to the cluster.# BrainDeadTrafficManagement.”
In August 2020, Hughes posted a photo of a Banshee 300 MK4 pistol, writing, “I’m seriously considering this over an AR-15 for HDW. Unless one of my expert friends changes their mind.” HDW stands for home defense weapon. In the comments on the spot he wrote: “To me it seems ideal. High capacity magazine with a round that won’t go to the neighbor’s house 2 doors down. Minimal recoil and you can afford to spend a LOT to spend rounds on the range. Train Train Train.”
Hughes added: “The current gun stock is fine, looking for something more effective for home defense than a gun, but manageable for (his wife) when I’m not home. Eventually move to the hills and leave the guarded community behind.”
Don Corsi is married and has a young daughter, according to his wife’s Facebook page. He lives in Sanford, Florida, near where the incident took place, according to public records. Corsi has also lived in Venice, Debary and Orange City, Florida, according to public records.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Corsi works for Southern Acoustics Inc. The company’s website states that Corsi runs the business with two other men who share his last name, possibly his sons. The company was founded in 1988.