$10,000 reward offered in Riverwalk Augusta beatings

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 4:00 PM
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An anonymous donor on Wednesday offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the two men who used a metal bat or pipe to brutally beat a South Carolina couple last weekend at Riverwalk Augusta.

The reward comes five days after Wesley Spires, 27, of Edgefield, S.C., and Ashley Solesbee, 25, of North Augusta, suffered severe facial fractures and head injuries. Spires remains hospitalized in critical condition, while Solesbee has returned home, according to family.

The conditions of the reward are as follows:

• The money will be held by Phillip Scott Hibbard, PC.

• The reward recipient may not be an employee of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.

• If an arrest is made within 60 days, the reward will stay in trust via the law firm until conviction, provided that conviction occurs within 24 months.

• If no conviction occurs within 24 months, the reward is null and void.

• If no arrest is made within 60 days, the reward is null and void.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 821-1080. Callers may remain anonymous.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/08/13 - 04:14 pm
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WOW

This will do it!!!!

Thank you--thank you--thank you!!!

David Parker
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David Parker 05/08/13 - 04:24 pm
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Begs the question, what is

Begs the question, what is the normal time-frame for bringing charges and making the conviction? What about time for appeal or is that a non-issue b/c it is past the conviction? Ideally, if someone knows something, they'll spill it money or no-money. This doesn't seem like an ideal situation so throw that out the window.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/08/13 - 04:26 pm
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Evidently

This donor knows something about the law....how some can drag their feet....hopefully this will spur all to do the right thing...police--Judge-lawyers.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/08/13 - 04:29 pm
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The punks

I bet the punks won't feel too comfy with this news....sorta like the bombers felt when they saw their pics on tv...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/08/13 - 04:32 pm
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huh David??

Where have you been.....when you say this,...

if someone knows something, they'll spill it money or no-money.

Hello...helllo....THAT is the big problem with crime...they won't always say something....

countyman
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countyman 05/08/13 - 04:57 pm
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This is great news, but

This is great news, but security cameras would have already identified the suspects by now.

You can't expect to have car patrols, foot patrols, and bike patrols in every part of downtown.

I do think the amount of foot and bike patrols must increase though.

oldfella
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oldfella 05/08/13 - 04:48 pm
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Ten grand will certainly make people think twice....

about that "no snitch" policy that seems so prevalent these days.
Guarantee the robbers bragged about this to any and all fellow dirtbags who share or encourage a violent lifestyle!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 05/08/13 - 05:02 pm
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Reward Money

I've heard law enforcement say more than once that the best way to get info about a crime is to put some reward money on it. Bad guys will turn on each other.

Myrtle Turtle
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Myrtle Turtle 05/08/13 - 06:39 pm
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Cowardly Beating on Riverwalk

You heard me..COWARDS!! That is what YOU are. Well you just think you got away with something; but you obviously didn't consider that GOD ALMIGHTY saw what you did. And you may not also think that what actions we do have consequences. Your sins will not stop with you my pathetic friend....how much do you love your parents, children, spouse?????? They may quite likely be the recepient of your sinful actions. GOD does not forget!!! I am writting this to you personally because Cowards are mentally ill and get their self gradification from reading about their deeds....just like the person who may be the one God uses to repay your sinful deeds.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 05/08/13 - 07:47 pm
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Well, the heat is certainly

Well, the heat is certainly on now! Money talks and, well, you know the rest. I'm pretty sure someone will turn them in. Thanks to whoever donated all that money! You are a good citizen who cares for this community, that's for sure!
I have to agree with countyman on this....we need those cameras all over the place.
The other day, this subject came up and I have to respectfully disagree with Specsta. Specsta went on with asking us if we REALLY wanted to have our little children filmed while playing in the downtown fountain...do we REALLY want to be filmed while walking down the street holding hands with our loved ones, etc. YES, that is perfectly fine with me as long as I know that the filming would aide in the apprehension of some thug who may hit us over the head with a pipe and rob us! C'mon, Specsta...you are NOT an ignorant man. You can certainly see the value of these cameras and the good they provide over anything bad. Honestly...and I'm being sincere in asking this...what is the difference between things being monitored by cameras and being "monitored" by an actual policeman? Immediately, I see that the cameras can have MULTIPLE views, while the lone policeman would only have ONE. Am I wrong??

specsta
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specsta 05/09/13 - 03:08 am
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@ JMO - Big Brother and The Thought Police

The problem with video surveillance, whether hidden in a street-light or displayed prominently with a sign, is that it eradicates the concept of privacy.

Some folks would like to repeat the mantra "well, if you aren't doing anything wrong.." That's not the point. We live in a country that was founded on the principal of a person's right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. If video surveillance is such a great idea and solves crimes, why not put them in store dressing rooms? Why not put them in the locker rooms at gyms? Why not put them in the public bathroom stalls? After all, crimes occur in those areas and a video would make it easier for the police to catch criminals - right?

That's the problem when you start down a path - sometimes it takes you into places you hadn't planned on going. The more that citizens surrender their rights to be under surveillance, in the name of "security", the less privacy we will have. Soon, there will be no privacy at all.

Yes, we understand that the downtown streets are public areas - and that anyone can be photographed or videotaped by anyone in a public area - but there is a huge difference between an ordinary citizen engaging in such activities, as opposed to a law enforcement agency monitoring citizens going about their daily lives. It is both creepy and intimidating. Too close to "Big Brother" and an Orwellian society.

Imagine two teen brothers, play-fighting near the River Walk. A video camera only sees two men involved in an altercation. Cops are called to an "assault and battery" They show up, guns drawn, and one of the teens winds up dead from a cop's bullet. A cop walking that beat would have heard the laughter and the playful taunts, and would have known that it was just two brothers fooling around - and no one would have died.

The other factor is that video surveillance does not prevent a crime from happening. It can only record it. Cops walking a beat doing community policing is what prevents crimes.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/08/13 - 08:48 pm
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Thank you

whomever you are.

Will the PC chime in please to answer a question?

Can we add to the the reward?

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/08/13 - 09:07 pm
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countyman - on cameras

Countyman,

Yes cameras can help, but for them to work they MUST have a Tech monitoring the camera bank 24/7 in real time and a LEO on the scene ready to make the arrest.

Given the T.E.A. condition of ARC Taxpayers right now, the added cost would be a HARD PILL TO SHALLOW.

Too many thugs understand what security cameras and can't see.
The darker the subjects face area, the less detail (white, black, brown or yellow) that can be captured for ID.

A simple Hoodie pulled forward all too often masks facial details at 15 ft. in a store robbery.

No, without feet on the street and a tech 24/7 monitor operator for ZOOMING in, the street and path captures would either too wide angle or too close it to provide a crisp general image.

If the arrest isn't immediate and in the area, the odds are the thug will walk. What is the stated RCSO patrol car response time? 12 mins.

When I was young I could hoof 2 miles in 12 minutes. Even 200 yards down the road ( an average walking pace of 1 min.) provides plenty of hiding places and Plausible Deniability in court.

Street Beats work, Old school still is best.

triscuit
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triscuit 05/08/13 - 11:12 pm
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Someone knows these thugs.

Someone knows these thugs. Not all of them use bats as weapons of choice. Just a shame it takes money to lure these vermin out.

David Parker
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David Parker 05/09/13 - 08:17 am
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Wowsers.

I guess I need to slow down my comments so ever1 can keep up. Check the adverb that starts the sentence yall.

Ideally = in a perfect world, in theory, preferably, if possible, all things being equal, under the best of circumstances, if you had your way...

jeez lighten up. In a perfect world, if someone knew something, they would say it money or no-money. Throw-that-out-the-window.....Because.....

"This doesn't seem like an ideal situation so throw that out the window"

Nevermind. Hate-On thumb-nazis!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/09/13 - 08:40 am
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Person of Interest

There is a TV show on CBS about camera surveillance in a city. It's called Person of Interest. I've never watched it. Is it any good?

Red Headed Step Child
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Red Headed Step Child 05/09/13 - 02:40 pm
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It's a catch-22

I can understand the thought that surveillance can be looked upon as an invasion of privacy - but I can tell you, if I was a victim of a crime like this, and it WAS caught on tape, I'd be glad the surveillance was in place! At least there is a better possiblilty of finding the perps than on a vague description..

I've heard it argued that when you are out in public, then there is no true privacy, so how can privacy be invaded.......interesting thought. That's why I don't pick out wedgies in a public place - SOMEONE will always see it....

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