News 12 First at Five / Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Derek Randolph Brooks (WRDW-TV)
Aiken, SC (WRDW) - It's a much brighter day for Katie Myers.
"Even though the guy got caught today, I wasn't worried in the meantime," Myers said.
The assault happened just down the street from her business, too close for some but Myers says she's not worried.
"Not scared at all...because they're everywhere, I mean they really keep us safe," she said.
But that night, at 2 a.m, things weren't so safe.
The victim was walking downtown when she was attacked, left brutally beaten and unconscious.
"We just want people to be aware of their surroundings, people should feel safe to walk anywhere," said David Turno, with the Aiken Public Safety.
He says he's more confident about safety, now that the suspect, Randolph Brooks is off of the streets.
"Investigators worked through the weekend, they have been non-stop following leads, evidence we've collected, some surveillance video as well as forensics," he told News 12's Patrick Price.
And just a week and a half later, people in downtown Aiken can breathe that sigh of relief, for an arrest in a crime so rare like the one that happened on July 12.
"It's unfortunate when someone is randomly attack like this but it's comforting to know they've worked to find the person responsible," he said.
With Brooks behind bars, Turno can start getting back to protecting his town.
And Myers knows she'll never turn her back on her town even in the darkest days.
"They'll keep it safe always, they're really good around here," she said.