ROUNDUP: Riverwalk mugging victims still hospitalized; no arrests


AUGUSTA — A pair of armed robbers prowling Riverwalk Augusta with a metal club or bat Friday fractured an Edgefield, S.C., man's skull to the point that his brain began to bleed, according to a police report released Sunday.

Wesley L. Spires, 27, was admitted to University Hospital about 11:20 p.m. Friday, after he drove himself and Ashley E. Solesbee, 25, of North Augusta, to the medical facility in search of care. Each was suffering from several facial fractures and head wounds. Spires also had a broken hand, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

The injuries came at the hands of two armed robbers who approached the couple and demanded money about 11 p.m. Friday, as the South Carolina residents were sitting on a park bench behind Fort Discovery at the riverwalk.

When Spires and Solesbee did not produce any money, the muggers started hitting them with a bat or pipe, then took their cell phones and ran away toward Sixth Street.

The suspects are described as two tall, slim black males with short dreadlocks who were wearing black clothing and saggy pants.

Richmond County investigators remain tight-lipped about the assault, only confirming on Sunday that it is not gang-related.

"We have investigators and deputies out working the streets to try and solve the case," said Sgt. Michael McDaniel, of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

The team of lawmen on the street includes an Aiken County sheriff's deputy who was seen conducting a perimeter check of Solesbee's home Sunday night about 9 p.m.

Rebecca Sylvester, a spokeswoman at University Hospital, said Solesbee, an employee of the Aiken County school system, was in good condition Sunday.

A condition update on Spires, who was listed in critical condition Friday, could not be obtained Sunday.

The assault Friday came almost 12 hours after Vincente D. Mora, 29, of Beech Island, was robbed of a $400 cell phone, $40 in cash and a 2002 Hyundai four-door sedan after being struck in the head as he was leaving Riverfront Pub on Broad Street. The stolen car had a South Carolina tag, 1909FR.


Dog alerts east Macon family to burning house, one person suffered burns

MACON — A barking dog woke up residents in a burning house on Maynard Street early Monday morning.

Firefighters were called to 1248 Maynard Street shortly after 6 a.m. and arrived to find fire in the attic.

Sgt. Ben Gleaton, a Macon-Bibb County fire investigator, said the front living room and porch were also damaged by the flames.

One person reportedly suffered burns on the back during the blaze, said Gleaton, who was on his way to the hospital to interview the victim and family about the fire.

"If it hadn't been for the dog, they would have been in bad shape," he said.

Gleaton found two smoke detectors on the kitchen table and recognized them as ones the fire department distributes free of charge.

One didn't have a battery and the other had the battery disconnected, he said.

"We put those things in for people, but it doesn't do any good if they don't keep batteries in them," he said.


Attempted meat theft leads to chase, man's arrest

AUGUSTA — An Augusta man attempting to flee police after shoplifting $350 worth of steak from a grocery store was arrested Friday after he ran over stop sticks, blew his tires and surrendered to officials in the front yard of a relative's house, according to an incident report from the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Juan A. Singley, 46, faces a felony charge of fleeing to elude arrest and two misdemeanor counts of shoplifting and driving while license revoked.

Singley was taken into custody about 7:15 p.m. Friday in the front yard of a residence in the 2200 block of Moncrief Street after leading police on a 15-mile high-speed chase through south Augusta.

Richmond County sheriff's deputies began chasing Singley at 6:53 p.m., after they were called about a man stealing six baby-back ribs, three ribeye steaks and nine New York strip steaks from Bi-Lo at 2512 Tobacco Road.

A deputy reportedly turned on his lights and sirens on Windsor Spring Road near the intersection of Anthony Dajuan Parkway. From there, the two traveled down Tobacco and Peach Orchard roads, Georgia Highway 88 and Windsor Spring and Travis roads, before stop sticks were deployed on Moncrief Street.

According to police, the chase reached 90 mph and Singley was "swerving in both lanes and failing to stop" for signs and traffic. No one was injured.

After Singley's tires blew, deputies say he circled the neighborhood and pulled into the yard on Moncrief Street, where, according to phone records, relatives live.

At the end of the chase, police discovered Singley had left the meat in a shopping cart at the Bi-Lo parking lot.


Cookie dough robbery reported at Opelika High

COLUMBUS — Someone broke into a field house at Opelika High School last month and took off with cookie dough and shot puts, according to an Opelika police report.

Burglary and theft of property reportedly occurred sometime between 7 p.m. April 26 and 7 a.m. April 29. The report said someone pried open the roll-up window of the track and field house at the 1700 Lafayette Parkway school.

Reportedly missing were four boxes of cookie dough and two shot puts.

There are no suspects, police said.


VSU 2 years, 5 months ago

Metal Club eh? Now if only the victims were carrying guns, they could have warded off the robbers.


Cartman 2 years, 5 months ago

When will we take steps to get the Assault Bats off our streets? We need background checks for anyone purchasing a baseball bat. Bats were only designed for one thing - hitting. Doesn't the President care about people's skulls? Why was someone allowed to carry a bat into a public domain? How many more innocent people have to be injured or killed before our federal government takes action to protect us and our children from these implements of death? Sure. They arguably do have a "sporting purpose", but that is no excuse to endanger the public. Whiffle and Nerf bats have been proved to be suitable substitutes for the game of baseball. There is simply no need for criminals to be able to freely obtain metal and wooden bats of death.


RedEric 2 years, 5 months ago

Careful Cartman, Diane Feinstein may be trolling.


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