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Witness: Assault suspects used Five Points fountain to wash off blood
Thursday, August 18, 2011

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - What started out as a meeting at a bar in Columbia's Five Points entertainment district ended with a bizarre chain of events and a man in the hospital.

According to a Columbia Police Department incident report, a man invited two men and woman he met at a bar early Sunday morning back to his apartment to "finish off the evening getting acquainted with each other." Before the group could even get into the 813 Harden St. apartment, things got ugly.

According to the victim, the trouble started around 6:30 a.m. in the apartment building hallway when a friend of his gave a female in the group a "tap on the buttocks." A male in the group said "that's gonna cost you thirty bucks, man." At that point, according to the report, both the victim and his friend said they didn't have any money.

Seemingly not happy with that answer, the suspects then reached into the victim's pockets looking for his car keys. That struggle turned into a fight and one of the unknown suspects hit the victim in the head with a glass bottle. As the fight continued,several punches were thrown, and the victim told police that he had gotten so bloody that he was able to slip away and run away to try to get help.

The victim, however, was not able to get away easily. Surveillance cameras in the area of Harden St. and Greene St. showed the suspects chasing the victim again. A witness reported seeing the chase and the three unknown subjects using the water from the Five Points fountain to clean the victim's blood off of themselves.

The victim took himself to Palmetto Richland Hospital with several large lacerations to his head, his left arm and his chest and a black eye. The victim did not report the assault to police until 6:00 p.m., almost 12 hours after the incident. He told police that he was not familiar with the area or the proper way to notify police of incidents.

According to the report, three people matching the description of the were involved in a larceny incident in Five Points later Sunday evening.

Police have not released the identities of the suspects or the identity of the victim. A spokesperson with the department said the surveillance video is not being released at this time.

If you know anything about this incident, you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15290760/witness-assault-suspects-used-five-points-fountain-to-wash-off-blood

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