Couple attacked on Riverwalk Augusta now engaged

Wesley Spires and Ashley Solesbee were ending their first date May 3 when they were attacked by two men.

 

A couple who were brutally attacked during their first date on Riverwalk Augusta in May are engaged, according to their Facebook pages.

Ashley Solesbee, a 25-year-old Aiken County teacher and dance instructor, and Wesley Spires, a 27-year-old volunteer firefighter at West Side Fire Department, were ending their first date of ice skating and pizza with a walk down Riverwalk on May 3 when they were attacked by two men with metal bats or pipes.

The couple announced their engagement via Facebook late Monday by posting photos of themselves and the engagement ring and saying, “We found the perfect fairy tale ending. We’ll be Mr. and Mrs. soon at our wedding.”

The couple had both had facial fractures and head wounds in the attack, which prompted community outrage and a demands for better downtown security.

Despite his injuries, Spires, who also had a broken hand, drove to University Hospital for treatment.

Solesbee was released several days after the assault, but Spires was put in an induced coma and remained in critical condition for weeks. He was finally released in June.

Two men, Kevin D. Richardson and Robey E. Moses, both 21, were charged with aggravated assault and robbery by force.

 

Couple attacked on Riverwalk Augusta
Riverwalk mugging victims still hospitalized; no arrests
Fund set up for Riverwalk mugging victim
Woman hurt in Riverwalk Augusta mugging asks forgiveness for assailants
Suspect arrested in Riverwalk beating; first suspect still sought
2 suspects in downtown assaults waive extradition, await return to Augusta
Fashion show to benefit man beaten on Riverwalk
Riverwalk Augusta attack victim in fair condition
Bond denied to Riverwalk Augusta beating suspect Kevin D. Richardson
Ashley Solesbee attends riverwalk fundraiser for Wesley Spires
Riverwalk Augusta beating victim returned home Tuesday
2 plead not guilty in Riverwalk Augusta attack

More

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 18:10

House passes bill providing limited repair to New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam that allows fish migration

The U.S. House of Representatives appeared to dash the hopes of local landowners hoping to save and repair the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam by passing a bill that provides for only limited repair that allows fish migration.

Read more