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Suspect arrested in Riverwalk beating; first suspect still sought

Friday, May 10, 2013 7:50 AM
Last updated Saturday, May 11, 2013 1:25 AM
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Authorities have identified both suspects in last week’s brutal beating of a couple on Riverwalk Augusta and arrested one of them in South Carolina.

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Robey Moses was arrested in Newberry, S.C., and is being charged with two counts of robbery by force and aggravated assault after Richmond County authorities said he and another suspect, Kevin D. Richardson, attacked and robbed two people sitting on a bench near the former Fort Discovery on riverwalk.

Moses is also suspected in an assault on Broad Street the night before, authorities said Friday.

Kevin D. Richardson, 21, was identified Thursday night as one of two suspects. The identification came fewer than 24 hours after a person who wished to remain anonymous put up a $10,000 reward for information resulting in an arrest and conviction.

Lt. Calvin Chew said police received many tips because of the reward, but the identification was the result of “good old-fashioned police work.”

Wesley Spires, 27, and Ashley Solesbee, 25, were assaulted with metal bats or pipes about 11 p.m. May 3 on the upper tier of Riverwalk behind the former Fort Discovery.

Spires drove the couple to the hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition. Solesbee was released Monday. The assault caused facial fractures and head wounds on both, in addition to a broken hand for Spires.

No information on Moses was released by authorities Friday.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division Fugi­tive Task Force and the Newberry Police Department and Sheriff’s Department are credited with the arresting Moses, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office statement.

Richardson’s whereabouts remain unknown.

He has previous arrests in Richmond County including on a theft by taking charge in 2009 and a charge of possession of marijuana in June. The 2012 charge resulted in 12 months’ probation, a fine and 40 hours of community service.

In a 2007 article in The Augusta Chronicle, a teen who appears to be Richardson sat on a discussion board that addressed Augusta’s violence problem.

The forum was a reaction to escalating gang-related issues plaguing Augusta.

The then-15-year-old stressed the importance of community centers and said a lack of money influences less fortunate children.

“If young people had more community centers, more gyms, then you would have less trouble and gangs wouldn’t be starting up,” he said.

A Chronicle photographer took an image of a man identified as Kevin Richardson last June playing in the riverwalk fountain, which is less than one block from the recent assault. He was shown holding a child, identified as 2-month-old Kevin Jr., in a story on summer temperatures.

Along with Moses, South Caro­lina authorities apprehended Dominque Hale and identified both of them as suspects in the May 2 assault and robbery of a Beech Island man as he left the Riverfront Pub, 531 Broad St. Police said the man suffered a concussion.

ACCOUNT FOR DONATIONS

Donations to help with Wesley Spires’ medical costs can be made to the Wesley Spires Fund at Georgia Bank and Trust or Southeastern Bank and Trust.

Lisa Solesbee said her daughter, Ashley, would not have a fund set up.

“If anyone wants to give money to Ashley, we want them to give it to Wesley instead,” she said.

REWARD OFFERED FOR INFORMATION

A $10,000 reward has been offered to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the men responsible for the assault.

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.

– From staff reports

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 05/11/13 - 05:35 am
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Victims of circumstance?

Now get the other thug too please.

I love the fake dred-weaves these idiots wear.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/11/13 - 06:14 am
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Palmetto, never said I didn't

Palmetto, never said I didn't agree with this being an outrage, and I understand you're upset because no one commented on the article about Tuomey Hospital. I only indicated that if it's not directly in our faces, most people have a tendency to read and move along. Geez, you're going to give yourself a heart attack.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/11/13 - 06:43 am
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Hiding him?

If you are hiding this suspect YOU are going to be in big trouble...

BamaMan
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BamaMan 05/11/13 - 06:49 am
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thauch12

Maybe it's in another article, but it said she had identified Richardson. That's ID'ing to me.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/11/13 - 07:03 am
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Sooo palmetto

So you think we make mad dog attacks on here..heheh....

Well what do you think of this statement by a fb poster....she said..that the punk probably thought the victims had money...& he was only trying to get "their" $$$ so he could care for his child....duh duh duh....
Can you say...The USA is going down the tubes if ANYONE can say that with a straight face!!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/11/13 - 08:34 am
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Way to go RCSO

1 Down, 1 To Go

But can we get them into Islamic Sharia court?
Local judges don't seem to give a Non Gradus Anus Rodentum!
about real punishment.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 05/11/13 - 09:03 am
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“If young people had more

“If young people had more community centers, more gyms, then you would have less trouble and gangs wouldn’t be starting up,” he said.

WHY NOT JUST ACT LIKE DECENT KIDS. IT IS NOT THAT HARD. THE MAJORITY OF US HAVE DONE IT ALL OUR LIVES.

GuyGene
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GuyGene 05/11/13 - 09:09 am
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NOTHING will kill a city like

NOTHING will kill a city like - CRIME!! In more ways than physical injury. My prayers for the couple who were attacked.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 05/11/13 - 09:18 am
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Sadly, This is a typical

Sadly, This is a typical scenario in which the criminal had a long history of criminal activity and brushes with the law. Its only a matter of time before someone get hurt or killed. Law enforcement know who the people are but cannot be proactive. They must wait until they do something like this before they can take them down.

These two have not only forever changed the lives of the two they attacked but done great damage to the progress of rebuilding the downtown area. Not to mention the tremendous cost of the trial and incarceration for many years. We need to bring back real punishment like prison time with "hard labor" and not provide a warehouse with cable TV, basketball courts and other forms of recreation.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/11/13 - 09:40 am
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rmsheff

That is a great post...I'm going to repost it on r/r so more can see it..thanks

jrbfromga
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jrbfromga 05/11/13 - 09:50 am
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Amazing
Unpublished

Poverty causes people to be criminals, where they should realize that the way to get out of poverty is WORK.

KSL
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KSL 05/11/13 - 10:28 am
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Congratulations to the law

Congratulations to the law enforcement for doing great jobs. Now if the courts would we might to a decrease. And I agree, incarceration should not be pleasant.

ragingbull
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ragingbull 05/11/13 - 10:39 am
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Back in the old days,

Back in the old days, punishment did fit the crime. Big tall trees and short ropes were the crime deterrents of the day. Now we let them sit in jail for a couple of years before they are even tried for their crime, so that by the time they are tried, memories have faded, and they are able to get a plea deal that significantly reduces any amount of time they would have originally gotten. Oh and by the way, the public was able to watch as the punishment was carried out. IF the liberal bleeding heart weenies in our corrections system were put out to pasture, and we brought back the old days of Wyatt Earp and the like, we would see a reduction in this type of crime. Wonder what this perp would have thought if he had been staring down the barrel of .45? I bet his aluminum bat would have done some talking then.

Darby
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Darby 05/11/13 - 11:24 am
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"Darby, I don't know if I'd told that, as Lewis

Grizzard use to say."

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Yeah, Riverman1, ain't anonymity great?

Protects me from public humiliation and (in this case) the scorn of my wife.

Our couch can be kinda lumpy...

internationallyunknown
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internationallyunknown 05/11/13 - 11:29 am
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Ignorant

What the heck is a "fake dread weave?"
...suff white people say!

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 05/11/13 - 11:30 am
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If young people had more community centers, more gyms, then you

Does this sound like someone who thinks they are entitled to everything to anyone here? When I grew up we didn't have community centers, gym and structered environments, we had parents who knew where we were, what we were doing and if we did something wrong they knew it before we got home and administered swift and sound punishment for the offense. Yeah, he needs to be in jail and so does his mother and father if they can figure out who that is. Maybe if the parents had to serve the same time as their repeat offender offspring, particularly parent who have records similar to their offsprings offenses, we'd see less of this! Mr. Roundtree, I don't want your investigators tracking down someone who has done something to me, I want them to stop it before it happens. Doesn't it seem odd to see someone walking around downtown with a pipe or bat in their hands!!!!

Darby
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Darby 05/11/13 - 11:35 am
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"Doesn't it seem odd to see someone walking

around downtown with a pipe or bat in their hands!!!!"

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If it's short it can and will be up a sleeve or inside a waistband.

rcpasc48
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rcpasc48 05/11/13 - 12:59 pm
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Too bad they can't be kept in

Too bad they can't be kept in a prison in Afghanistan. Plenty of rocks over there they could make into smaller ones with that bat and pipe. They should be kept there long enough that they will run in fear at the sight of another bat or pipe.

Ga_Ca_99
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Ga_Ca_99 05/11/13 - 01:08 pm
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Just out of curiosity how is

Just out of curiosity how is beating someone in the head with a blunt object aggravated assault and not attempted murder?

harley_52
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harley_52 05/11/13 - 01:11 pm
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My Guess Is...

....that it's a matter of intent. Can they prove the perp intended to kill the victim(s), or not?

Darby
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Darby 05/11/13 - 01:59 pm
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"...they will run in fear at the sight of another

bat or pipe."

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I long for the good old days when we could give them a lobotomy. Then they would run at the sight of a butterfly.

KSL
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KSL 05/11/13 - 03:40 pm
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Ahhhh, Lewis. He was a year

Ahhhh, Lewis. He was a year ahead of me in high school. He played basketball and baseball. It was a small high school. We had the same teachers, etc. He took a lot of "poetic license." The last time I saw him, he was at a party given by brother and a friend. He participated in the event which involved 2 parties and a sports outing. Wrote about it, too.

jmo
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jmo 05/11/13 - 03:56 pm
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rcpasc48......

How about Saudi law? Everyone downtown would have been gathered together to see their heads removed from their body.

Kingbiscuitboy
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Kingbiscuitboy 05/11/13 - 07:37 pm
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Downtown finally safe.

Lets all go downtown for latenight activities. It is finally safe! Right.

oldfella
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oldfella 05/12/13 - 07:32 am
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The weakest link is the punishment phase!

Better lighting, involved citizens, and cops on every corner will all help make Augusta safe. But what is the point if they keep getting released from prison to continue their life of violent crime? The weakest link is too short a prison time and too easy a prison. If criminals convicted of a violent crime literally soiled their pants, passed out, or better still ended their own miserable lives from fear every time they heard the word "prison" over the horrors that were in store for them, I'm guessing most (but sadly never all) violent crime would be severely reduced. But we all know that "revolving door" prisons are part of the industry involving lawyers, bail bondsmen, judges, counselors, prison guards, etc. etc. that
know how to fix the problem but refuse to. Is it any wonder that the average citizen doesn't trust the justice system to do it's job? But it is actually doing it's job - to keep the gravy train chugging along for it's passengers.

Darby
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Darby 05/12/13 - 08:51 pm
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"Lets all go downtown for latenight activities.

It is finally safe! Right."

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Right - Just like I believe those signs outside the middle school that tell me it's a "Drug Free Zone"!

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