It was a typical date night for Edgefield native Wesley Spires and his girlfriend. They were enjoying events in Downtown, Augusta Friday evening. But what happened next is what has shocked the community.
Courtney Elledge reporting, "Deputies say Wesley and his friend decided to come here, at the Augusta Riverwalk around 11:00 p.m. Investigators say they were sitting on a bench when two random suspects approached them asking for money. When they had no money to give, that's when things got rough."
Investigators say the suspects started beating Spires and his friend with aluminum baseball bats. Two days later, police say Spires is still in critical condition, recovering from multiple head injuries at a local hospital.
Family friend Jeff Kervin explains, "Everyone is pretty upset about it. Wesley is a good guy, he works hard, comes from a great family, this should never happen to him. "
The motive behind the attack is unclear. Investigators say they believe it was a random act, and gang activity is not suspected.
Investigator Michael McDaniel explains, "We have not had any crime near the Riverwalk in a while, so this seems to be a onetime thing within the last few months."
Inv. McDaniel says the sheriff's office does not believe the beating happened because of First Friday. That's because the incident occurred after 9, when First Friday was over. He ensures there were more than 20 deputies patrolling the streets that night… and they responded to the scene in less than 5 minutes. Their goal at this point? To nail the two suspects.
"We do have leads, cases are being worked as we speak right now," says Inv.McDaniel.
The suspects are described as being black males, tall and slender, and wearing all black clothing. Investigators are asking for assistance in locating either of these suspects and a 2002 Hyundai Sonata, with South Carolina Tag 1909FR.
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