Reward offered in Augusta Rverwalk attacks

  • Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 8:49 p.m.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for a brutal attack on two South Carolina people on the riverwalk in Augusta on May 3, according to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office has verified that the funds have been made available by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous.

The incident happened about 11 p.m. near the 700 block of Reynolds Street, police said.

Two people, 27-year-old Wesley Spires of Edgefield and 25-year-old Ashley Solesbee of North Augusta were sitting on a bench when they were approached by two unknown men who demanded money. The men then began striking the two victims in the head and face with a metal baseball bat or pipe.

Spires remains hospitalized with a fractured skull and bleeding to the brain, police said. Solesbee has been released.

The two men have been described as black males wearing all black clothing.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the reward has a few stipulations: the funds will be held by Phillip Scott Hibbard, PC; the funds are designated for the person who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects; and the reward recipient may not be an employee of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Additionally, if an arrest is made within 60 days, the reward will stay in trust via Hibbard until conviction, provided that conviction occurs within 24 months. If no conviction occurs within 24 months from the date of the arrest, 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.

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