The second suspect in a brutal attack on the Riverwalk is in custody. Kevin Richardson turned himself into authorities in Elkhart, Indiana last night. He is accused of the May 3rd beating and robbery of Wesley Spires and Ashley Solesbee.
Another suspect, 21-year-old Robey Moses, is also in custody. He was arrested Friday in Newberry, South Carolina and extradited to Augusta on Tuesday. Moses is also facing charges in another attack along with Domonique Hale. That incident happened May 2nd outside the Riverfront Pub on Broad Street.
Richmond County investigators say that all day Wednesday, they kept hearing that Richardson had turned himself in to authorities in Indiana, but it wasn't until Wednesday night that they confirmed it.
We spoke to several people on the Riverwalk today who say they are glad the suspects were caught.
"I thought it was outrageous that people can't come and sit down here and enjoy the atmosphere without people attacking them," says Fannie Broadwater of North Augusta, SC.
She says she will still try to enjoy the scenery at the Augusta Riverwalk even though a couple was assaulted and robbed there almost two weeks ago. Both suspects in the incident are in jail. Investigators say the second suspect, Richardson, turned himself in to authorities in Indiana. However, authorities still don't know why he turned himself in.
"I don't know whether family members or the pressure of us, you know, putting him out there through you guys with the media, you know, letting people know that he is wanted. I'm not sure if that's the reason why," says Lt. Calvin Chew with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.
Chew says that Richardson should be transported back to Augusta sometime next week. However, if Richardson fights extradition, it could take a lot longer to bring him to Augusta.
Now that both suspects are in custody, people at the Riverwalk are focusing on the beauty of the riverfront park.
"There is nothing wrong with this place. It's beautiful. The scenery. The fishing. The walk. Everything," says Warren Workman of Augusta, GA.
Workman just moved to Augusta from Baltimore. He says he believes the assault was just a random crime and he also says that people shouldn't avoid the Riverwalk.
"That could happen in a mall or walking down the street or I don't know. Any place. You just got to be careful wherever you go," says Workman.
But Broadwater says otherwise.
"I wouldn't come down here and sit around here for nothing at night. I think the couple that got attacked was down here at night," she says.
We told her the attack happened around 11:00pm.
She said, "oh no, I wouldn't dare come down here that time at night. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't come here after dark."
Chew says it will take some time for investigators to figure out who should get the $10,000 reward.
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