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Riverwalk mugging victims still hospitalized; no arrests

Sunday, May 5, 2013 10:51 PM
Last updated Monday, May 6, 2013 1:39 AM
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A pair of armed robbers prowling Riverwalk Augusta with a metal club or bat Friday fractured an Edgefield, S.C., man’s skull to the point that his brain began to bleed, according to a police report released Sunday.



Wesley L. Spires, 27, was admitted to University Hospital about 11:20 p.m. Friday, after he drove himself and Ashley E. Solesbee, 25, of North Augusta, to the medical facility in search of care. Each was suffering from several facial fractures and head wounds. Spires also had a broken hand, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The injuries came at the hands of two armed robbers who approached the couple and demanded money about 11 p.m. Friday, as the South Carolina residents were sitting on a park bench behind Fort Discovery at the riverwalk.

When Spires and Solesbee did not produce any money, the muggers started hitting them with a bat or pipe, then took their cell phones and ran away toward Sixth Street.

The suspects are described as two tall, slim black males with short dreadlocks who were wearing black clothing and saggy pants.

Richmond County investigators remain tight-lipped about the assault, only confirming on Sunday that it is not gang-related.

“We have investigators and deputies out working the streets to try and solve the case,” said Sgt. Michael McDaniel, of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

The team of lawmen on the street includes an Aiken County sheriff’s deputy who was seen conducting a perimeter check of Solesbee’s home Sunday night about 9 p.m.

Rebecca Sylvester, a spokeswoman at University Hospital, said Solesbee, an employee of the Aiken County school system, was in good condition Sunday.

A condition update on Spires, who was listed in critical condition Friday, could not be obtained Sunday.

The assault Friday came almost 12 hours after Vincente D. Mora, 29, of Beech Island, was robbed of a $400 cell phone, $40 in cash and a 2002 Hyundai four-door sedan after being struck in the head as he was leaving Riverfront Pub on Broad Street. The stolen car had a South Carolina tag, 1909FR.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/06/13 - 04:39 am
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Riverwalk

This horrendous attack and the one the night before occurring on or near Riverwalk are especially troubling. The Riverwalk is the showcase of downtown and where out-of-towners attending meetings at the TEE Center will be walking. It is not at all unusual for tourists such as them to walk out from the hotel at night. The police need to apprehend the ones who committed this attempted murder, keep a presence on the Riverwalk permanently and either close it down at night or warn citizens of the danger.

The RCSO closed the park on the canal because they said they couldn't control the lawlessness. These crimes are far worse than anything that occurred there.

freeradical
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freeradical 05/06/13 - 05:34 am
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Attempted Murder

Be honest AC

No one takes a full swing at someone's head with a baseball

bat without expecting to kill them .

They just had a soccer coach die from a punch to the head .

Any charge less than attempted premeditated murder in this case

is a lie .

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/06/13 - 05:48 am
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Question? Have the police

Question?

Have the police classified this as a Hate Crime yet?

oldfella
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oldfella 05/06/13 - 06:24 am
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it wasn't during The Masters

Everything's okay - this didn't happen during The Masters so it's not too important. Eventually these cowardly robbers will rob an armed citizen who sends them to their just reward....then there will be a "hate crime" investigation no doubt. BTW I hope this doesn't push back revitalizing downtown another fifty years from the original goal of two hundred years from now!

csrareader
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csrareader 05/06/13 - 07:44 am
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They need to place warning

They need to place warning signs along Riverwalk warning people that their lives are at risk if they venture into this area after dark. Local law enforcement seems far more concerned with speeding violators than protecting residents and visitors from life-threatening assaults in public places.

countyman
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countyman 05/06/13 - 07:55 am
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Riverwalk

I can tell tell some of the posters haven't been to the Riverwalk in years especially late at night...

The Candlelight Jazz Series is held every Sunday night on the Riverwalk.

McDaniel explains, "We have not had any crime near the river walk in a while so this seems to be a onetime thing within the last few months."

This is clearly an isolated incident, and not normal...

curly123053
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curly123053 05/06/13 - 07:51 am
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Sorry Scumbags!

I agree with RM that the Riverwalk should be closed to the public after a certain hour. The police cannot be everywhere and when you have uncivilized chimps running around down there these attempted murders will continue. Either shut it down after hours or saturate it with lots of lights. Hoodlums do not operate well in well lit areas.

countyman
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countyman 05/06/13 - 08:11 am
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Riverwalk

The police only closed the vehicle access to Goodrich street and not any park on the canal.

I've don't remember seeing any posters claim we need to warn the tourist at the hotels on Jimmie Dyess. There's been robberies in the parking lots, and at the gas stations nearby.

Why do we need to warn the tourist about an isolated incident? There were multiple cops already downtown that night, and they quickly responded to the incident.

I was attacked yesterday when I said the Riverwalk was overall safe. Even though the people telling me differently live in another county, and love to bring up how they don't even visit downtown. Yet, they know more about downtown than the police and the residents.

Interesting the police are looking for a Hyundai Sonata with a South Carolina tag. That's really going to mess up the ''Richmond County thugs'' comments from the usual suspects. I hope the police can quickly apprehend the suspects..

Curly123053... Did you know the Candlelight Jazz Series is held every Sunday night starting at 8 pm? I'm only bringing this up, because I can tell some posters on here don't even realize people use the Riverwalk at night. Why closed the Riverwalk when the majority of people are enjoying it late at night.

GuyGene
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GuyGene 05/06/13 - 08:07 am
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Crime will kill a city

Yep, nothing will keep people away from an area like crime. Nothing. Police, fire protection - raise my taxes to pay for good police officers, and a decent starting salary for them, and more officers.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/06/13 - 08:20 am
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ctyman

How many times have you sat on a bench at riverwalk at 11pm....try it & get back with us...

This is a horrific crime & you know it is..

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/06/13 - 08:27 am
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Assault Weapons

How long do you reckon it will be before Joe Biden drafts a bill banning assault pipes and assault baseball bats?

nanowerx
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nanowerx 05/06/13 - 08:30 am
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...

"Interesting the police are looking for a Hyundai Sonata with a South Carolina tag. That's really going to mess up the ''Richmond County thugs'' comments from the usual suspects."

Well, that South Carolina tagged car was stolen by Richmond county thugs, so...

David Parker
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David Parker 05/06/13 - 08:58 am
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It's disappointing. Few

It's disappointing. Few steps forward, several steps back.

Spin-it at will either way.

Best way to visit Riverwalk in the wee-hours is to protect yourself personally and avoid being victimized. The police cannot be everywhere and their response time won't be quicker than pulling a trigger (twice even).

MarinerMan
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MarinerMan 05/06/13 - 09:03 am
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This is NOT an Isolated Incident

Unpublished

We've had two assault incidents of late. A friend of mine was beaten on Jones St. two years ago He will never look like he did before, and will always have facial pain, where he was hit, probably by a bat. He does not remember the attack. These thugs need to be exterminated like the vermin that they are. Countyman continues to sugar coat reality. Rolling Thunder needs to "roll" onto River Walk. Vermin need to removed from the planet. Taking a bat to someone's face/head, they are no longer human, and have given up their right to be treated as such.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 05/06/13 - 09:35 am
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dey be stole dat manz stuff

Unpublished

dey be stole dat manz stuff and hit he wit da bat cause dey obama money aint not come thru yet. dey be waitin fo obama to git dem so monnay cause dey be black and da white man with da racism/racist keep dey down so dey caint git no job fo sho cause da white man, dey caint take no test-tis cause white man wont not let dem learn dey letters and numbers right proper so dey have to be robbin peeple cause dey aint yet got dey welfare and EBT....WENT CAUGHT DEY SORRY AZ$ MAMMY WILL BE AT CITI TRENDS PICKING OUT A COURT OUTFIT SO SHE CAN SAY TO THE JUDGE AND FAMILY OF THE VICTIM..."my son he be a goot boy, fo sho da life of me i really dont be knowin why he be doin stuff like dis...he just fell in wit da wrong crown and got caught up"....let's profile shall we..since we already know "they's be black" my guess is ages are between 16-25, single parent household with a daddy no where to be found, mammy on "da welfare/foo stamps" she of course is a high school dropout approx 28-32 yrs old with little if any job skills, and she is a life long welfare leech, moocher, parasitic brood mare with approx 3-4 other kids at home currently living in one of the many "gubiment projects" located in rich cnty, her other children of course have different "babbies daddies" and this sone probably has at best a 9th grade education but actually reads/adds on the 5th grade level and has been in the criminal justice system since he was approx 11-12 yrs old..so folks what we have here is a fine example of this country's current welfare system rewarding brood mares to continue to have baby after baby while the law-abiding tax payers are stuck paying and the sorry [filtered word] politicians sit by and do absolutely nothing by way of welfare reform or true criminal justice to stop the slow and steady decay and destruction of our society

MrsNewsome
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MrsNewsome 05/06/13 - 09:36 am
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Carry a gun

Sure am glad for the second amendment.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/06/13 - 09:45 am
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Blacks and

Unpublished

gays can kill a white person (unless he/she is gay) and not fear it being a Hate Crime.

LLArms
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LLArms 05/06/13 - 09:47 am
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Maybe if SC and GA would

Maybe if SC and GA would honor each other weapons permits this couple from SC could have been armed while visiting.

Shame on you SC and GA, now because of your asinine squabbling over weapon qualifications two people got beat nearly to death.

Shame on you!

oldfella
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oldfella 05/06/13 - 10:55 am
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Jazz in the park comment

"I can tell tell some of the posters haven't been to the Riverwalk in years especially late at night...

The Candlelight Jazz Series is held every Sunday night on the Riverwalk."

So I'm assuming there are enough jazz fans (I'm one myself) to constitute a crowd. It's hard to mug someone with many witnessses coming and going. I guess if you are going to visit the riverwalk, it's best to go when you are not isolated from other people.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 05/06/13 - 10:58 am
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The reason SC

Will not honor a GA CCP is because Georgia will not require class time and range qualification. I agree with them on that. I understand that GA is about to change that. Maybe then the 2 states can then agree on reciprocity.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 05/06/13 - 11:05 am
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Wonder

I wonder if the victims will feel better once they are told this was an "isolated incident and not normal"?

countyman
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countyman 05/06/13 - 11:48 am
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Ask the local police.

Seenitb4.... I agree this is a terrible crime, but people are trying to generalize the Riverwalk instead of focusing on the crime. Why do you keep on trying to make the Riverwalk something it's not? I made sure to share the quote from the local police, because people always want to focus on me.

The overwhelmingly majority of tourist visiting Augusta use the Riverwalk, and their haven't been any crimes reported to the police lately. The Marriotts couldn't be the most expensive hotels if the Riverwalk changed that dramatically late at night. The hotels are located right on the Riverwalk.

What does me sitting on the bench at 11pm have to do with this incident? How many times have you been to the Riverwalk especiallly at night lately? The local police have already commented

Justthefacts. The same way the family of the two murdered cops in Aiken, or the victims of robberies in Evans/Martinez feel when people claim their isolated.

csrareader
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csrareader 05/06/13 - 11:38 am
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"I've don't remember seeing

"I've don't remember seeing any posters claim we need to warn the tourist at the hotels on Jimmie Dyess. There's been robberies in the parking lots, and at the gas stations nearby."

I believe most hotels do warn visitors about crime. They are ahead of the game on that front.

csrareader
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csrareader 05/06/13 - 11:40 am
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"I can tell some posters on

"I can tell some posters on here don't even realize people use the Riverwalk at night"

And I'm quite certain that even more won't visit the Riverwalk at night after this.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 05/06/13 - 11:51 am
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I can always count

on a certain poster for a thumbs down no matter what the content of my post is...thank you Ronnie Milsap.

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 05/06/13 - 11:58 am
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Would you sit on a park bench

Would you sit on a park bench on a late night in Augusta, GA, in a not so well lit area?

Would you sit on a park bench on a late night in Columbia, SC in a not so well lit area?

Would you sit on a park bench on a late night in Savannah, GA, in a not so well lit area?

Would you sit on a park bench on a late night in Charleston, SC, in a not so well lit area?

Frank I
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Frank I 05/06/13 - 12:10 pm
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GnipGnop

The reason GA won't honor SC permit is because the polititians in ATL have their heads... well, you get the idea...

oh, and Mrs. Newsome, this couple could not have legally carried their gun at the Riverwalk.. due to reciprocity disagreements you've seen discussed..

LLArms
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LLArms 05/06/13 - 12:18 pm
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"Will not honor a GA CCP is

"Will not honor a GA CCP is because Georgia will not require class time and range qualification. I agree with them on that. I understand that GA is about to change that. Maybe then the 2 states can then agree on reciprocity."

You think an 8 hour required course makes SC permit holders more informed? Do you not see a tax when one is levied against the citizens?

An 8 hour course does not a better shooter make. What it does do however is allow the state of SC to pull in extra money by requiring this hoop to jump through. It is also a way to keep the poor from getting their permits.

LillyfromtheMills
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LillyfromtheMills 05/06/13 - 12:23 pm
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One beating w/a baseball bat

Is enough for no one to go there unless they are armed - even if it's only with a bat!

csrareader
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csrareader 05/06/13 - 12:36 pm
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"Would you sit on a park

"Would you sit on a park bench on a late night in Augusta, Columbia, Savannah or Charleston?"

No, no, no and no. The point is that the Augusta Riverwalk is just as dangerous as dark, isolated locations in these other cities, and the City of Augusta needs to recognize that sad reality.

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