Donald Eugene Corsi and Howard Oral Hughes are charged after a black teenager says he was racially profiled and assaulted in his car in a neighborhood in Sanford, Florida, the same city where 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot dead by George became a Zimmerman in 2012. The 16-year-old boy’s father, CJ Jones, posted a video and photos of the aftermath of the incident on Facebook on June 14, 2022. The men are accused of throwing a large rock through the window of the boy’s car, smashing it while he was driving.
The incident happened at Maple Glen Place in Sanford, where both Corsi and Hughes live. The teenager’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. Luckily he had a different fate. I commend my brother for how he reacted to the situation. They tried to throw a brick at his head and missed.”
Corsi, 52, and Hughes, 61, were later arrested, according to Seminole County court records viewed by Heavy. They are both facing gun charges for sending a “missile” into a vehicle, which is a second-degree felony, and criminal mischief for causing more than $1,000 in property damage, which is a third-degree felony grade is . They were released from the Seminole County jail after posting bail, records show.
It was not immediately known if an unidentified woman seen in the video was charged or could be charged. Corsi and Hughes were arrested, according to records from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. 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 attorneys were not listed in online court filings. The video and their arrests were first highlighted by ThatDaneshGuy.
Here’s what you need to know about the incident and Donald Corsi and Howard Hughes:
The video posted by CJ Jones on Facebook, taken 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 out and ran through my shitty neighborhood” while punching the teen in the face.
Hughes then goes in the 16-year-old’s face as well, yelling, “I told you not to do it.” The boy tells Hughes to get out of his face and he replies, “I’m not in your face. Get out of my neighborhood neighborhood.” An unidentified woman holding up a cell phone 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 could be heard saying, “You’re the one who would have a gun.”
Jones said on Facebook that police were called to the scene but did not immediately arrest the couple. Court records show they were later taken into custody by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office on felony charges. Further information on the case from the police was not immediately available.
The boy’s sister added on Twitter: “This is what the car looked like afterwards. He had every right to be in this area. He wanted to visit a friend. He didn’t deserve how badly he was treated in this video. And now his car is getting damaged out of pure hatred. Eventually arrests were made. But let’s face it, if it had been the other way around, my brother would have handcuffed him before any questions were asked. They roamed free for a while. Hoping that justice will be served, they lose their jobs and face whatever other punishments come.”
boy said in a video that other neighbors came out to defend the men when the police arrived. He said in the video, “What one of them said, they said, ‘Officer, we don’t tolerate any of this in our neighborhood,’ and basically said I don’t belong in their neighborhood.”
CJ Jones wrote on Facebook: “These are the pictures of the two men who did racial profiling on my son and threw bricks at my son’s head. Luckily he moved and the rock landed behind. In response to a comment that said the men were “out to kill him,” Jones replied, “That’s what he was trying 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 ol’ rock” at the car’s 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 came in in my jeep. … Plain and simply racial.” In the video, Corsi and Hughes can be seen waving at Jones as he talks about what happened.
Howard Hughes lives in Sanford, Fla. with his wife in the neighborhood where the incident occurred, public records show. His Facebook page shows that he is an Ironman athlete and has raced in Sebring, Florida and elsewhere. Hughes’ profile does not contain any information about where he works.
Hughes often posts about problems with traffic on Florida’s highways and roads. In January, Hughes wrote: “Just a thought, but if a major thoroughfare needs to be completely closed, as was westbound this morning, 408, then perhaps all on-ramps within a few miles of the closure should be blocked, so hundreds of extra vehicles.” not added to the cluster. # BrainDeadTrafficManagement.”
In August 2020, Hughes posted a photo of a Banshee 300 MK4 pistol and wrote: “Seriously consider choosing this over an AR-15 for HDW. Unless one of my knowledgeable friends changes my mind.” HDW stands for Home Defense Weapon. In the on-site comments, he wrote: “It seems ideal to me. High-capacity magazine with a cartridge that doesn’t get to the neighboring house 2 doors down. Minimal recoil and you can afford to spend LOTS of rounds at the range. train train train.”
Hughes added: “The current stock of pistols is fine, I’m looking for something more effective for home defense than a handgun, but manageable for (his wife) when I’m not at home. Eventually move to the hills and leave the guarded community behind.”
According to his wife’s Facebook page, Don Corsi is married and has a young daughter. According to public records, 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 his LinkedIn profile, Corsi works for Southern Acoustics Inc. The company’s website reveals that Corsi runs the company with two other men who share his last name, possibly his sons. The company was founded in 1988.
According to Southern Acoustics’ website, “Florida’s finest commercial contractors and architects have relied on the acoustic expertise of Southern Acoustics Inc. since 1988. They have experienced the highest levels of professionalism and team spirit which are key to the successful completion of any project. Southern Acoustics Inc. brings the same dedication to every task regardless of the size of the project. Typically, the company’s engineers are among the last and on tight schedules, meeting both time constraints and budgets to deliver satisfactory results time and time again.”
Hughes and Corsi were charged with two felonies, according to Seminole County court records. Hughes was released after posting $2,500 bail. Corsi was released from custody after posting $17,000 bail. It wasn’t immediately clear why the amounts were different.
If convicted of a second-degree gun felony, Corsi and Hughes face up to 15 years in prison under Florida state law. Also, they could face a fine.
Based on the third-degree felony charges, Hughes and Corsi could face up to five years in Florida prison under state law. They could also face fines and suspended sentences. It was not immediately known when the two men would appear in the Seminole County courthouse.