Riverwalk mugging victims still hospitalized; no arrests

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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