Riverwalk suspect charged with aggravated assault, not attempted murder

Robey Moses (WRDW-TV)

Robey Moses (WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, May 15, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Robey Moses, one of the suspects in Augusta's Riverwalk attack, is now behind bars and facing charges.

"He's being charged with aggravated assault and robbery by force," the Richmond County Sheriff's Office told News12.

Charges that many say are too soft. Lt. Calvin Chew with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office says that's the way the law is written.

"In the state of Georgia, we don't have an attempted murder charge. What we have is aggravated assault," Chew said.

He says there's not an attempted murder charge in Georgia, but that the current charge is pretty much the same.

"As a matter of fact, aggravated assault is a lot easier to prove," he said.

Basically the charge is the same as attempted murder -- just different wording.

"Aggravated assault covers it, and it's the same amount of time, as other states that have attempted murder with a sentence of up to 20 years," Chew said.

He says they were able to identify the suspects pretty quickly and that the attention attached to the situation had nothing to do with it.

"We are that way with all crimes. We jump on it as soon as we get an opportunity -- just like the beatings downtown."

However, he says they do want justice for the victims and their family.

"We are sorry this happened. We are trying to make downtown a safe environment with the help of the public. The public helped us a lot in this case. It was a lot of good old-fashioned police work as well," Chew said.

The Sheriff's Office says it is putting every effort into finding Kevin Richardson, the second suspect in the attack, and they are putting every resource they can into the investigation.

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