Birthday ballad linked to beating in downtown Augusta

A 37-year-old Augusta man told authorities his teeth were knocked out after he played a song for a woman celebrating her birthday at Joe’s Underground this morning.

According to the incident report, the victim met the woman at the business located at Eighth and Broad streets. After she explained it was her birthday, the man played a song on the jukebox for her.

Later the victim and a friend, a 42-year-old man, were walking home on Broad Street shortly before 2 a.m. when a group of four men and a larger group of women attacked them. Police said the victims overhead the attackers mention the song before the attack.

Police said the men were thrown to the ground where they were kicked and beaten by the men and women.

The 37-year-old victim had six teeth knocked out in the fight.

Both victims suffered minor injuries to the head.

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