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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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RMSHEFF 05/06/13 - 03:11 pm
Regency Mall is a good

Regency Mall is a good example of what happen when good people don't feel safe.....they stay away. Wake up Richmond county leaders or the good people will all move away leaving only the bad people and those that can't afford to leave.

pelumaad 05/06/13 - 04:42 pm
Clinton's law of holes...

We're deep on a hole and we just keep digging. You've been calling people names, pointing fingers and arming yourselves for a few hundred years....Has the problem been solved? It's "them" who are the problem for "us" is the same old apartheid rut...WAKE UP!

teensie 05/06/13 - 06:44 pm
Would you sit on a park bench in augusta charleston or savannah

In Charleston downtown, yes and I have many many many times quite safely .... I see people walking around downtown Charleston having fun til the wee hours of the morning. The cops are out in force and having lived there I can tell you it's a heck of a lot safer than downtown Augusta so don't compare the two. I love Augusta, was born here and lived most of my life here but downtown Augusta and Charleston are two different animals not to be compared.

teensie 05/06/13 - 06:52 pm
Why were the victims' names released?

I am curious why the names of the two victims had to be released so soon? I'm sure the victims and families of the two would have preferred anonymity for the safety of their loved ones.

gargoyle 05/06/13 - 10:57 pm
Are their any others like me

Are their any others like me that lately are ashamed to admit they are from Augusta? All this going on and our elected either are on vacation or arguing over how to rearrange deck chairs.

chascushman 05/07/13 - 04:39 pm
"Would you sit on a park

"Would you sit on a park bench on a late night in Augusta, GA, in a not so well lit area?"
internationalyunknown, you are correct I would not sit on a park bench on a late night in ANY CITY that has a large section 8 housing.

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