2 suspects in downtown assaults waive extradition, await return to Augusta

Two suspects arrested in connection with two recent downtown assaults have waived extradition and are awaiting their return to Augusta after being arrested Friday night in Newberry, S.C.

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said Robbey Eugene Moses, 21, of Lumpkin Road, was involved in the May 2 robbery of a man as he left a Broad Street bar and a May 3 attack on Riverwalk Augusta that injured two people. He will be charged with aggravated assault and robbery by force in both incidents.

“He’s the link between the two crimes,” Roundtree said Saturday.

Moses was arrested with Dominque Shantaee Hale, 19, of First Street, who will be charged with aggravated assault in the Broad Street crime.

Both suspects signed extradition waivers Saturday afternoon and were in Newberry County Detention Center awaiting pickup by Richmond County authorities, according to Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster. Roundtree said he expects them to be returned to Augusta to face charges Monday.

The suspects were arrested about 8:30 p.m. Friday at a home in the city of Newberry where family members of Moses live, said Foster, adding that the home’s residents were unaware he was being sought by police.

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

Foster said the sheriff’s office and SLED were instrumental in developing information that Moses was in Newberry. After talking to sources, Foster said, they learned that Moses was in a house on Holloway Street. He said police surrounded the house, and the suspects surrendered without incident.

Hale had accompanied Moses to Newberry, but Foster said he wasn’t sure whether authorities were aware she was with him. They weren’t armed, and the sheriff said he didn’t know how they got to Newberry.

Richmond County authorities say Moses, along with another suspect, Kevin D. Richardson, 21, assaulted Wesley Spires, 27, and Ashley Solesbee, 25, with metal bats or pipes about 11 p.m. May 3 on the upper tier of the riverwalk behind the former Fort Discovery.

Spires drove the couple to the hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition. Solesbee, 25 was released Monday. The assault caused facial fractures and head wounds on both, in addition to a broken hand for Spires.

A day earlier, May 2, a Beech Island man suffered a concussion after he was assaulted and robbed as he left the Riverfront Pub on 531 Broad St.

Roundtree declined to go into more detail about how investigators linked the suspects to the crimes, but said they are looking at any other unsolved robberies so see whether they might be involved. He said more information would be coming after Richardson is apprehended.

“We want to be sure he is in custody before we say anything else,” he said.

Roundtree said he hopes to bring Richardson in soon.

“He doesn’t have any resources or anywhere to go,” he said. “If anyone is providing him with help, they will be charged, too.”

Staff Writer Steve Crawford contributed to this article.

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