Suspect arrested in Riverwalk beating; first suspect still sought

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.

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.

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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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