Officers still patrolling heavily one week after attacks at Riverwalk


News 12 at 11 o'clock / Friday, May 10, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- It's another night in downtown Augusta for Anthony Jones.

"Every now and then there's a flare-up here and there," Jones said.

But one of those flare-ups happened last weekend when two men brutally attacked a couple on the Riverwalk.

The crime there caught Jones off guard.

"I found it kind of surprising because usually downtown is one of the safest places in Augusta," he said.

News 12 spoke to bar owners who say for the most part things are pretty safe.

"Things happen, it's not an everyday occurrence, it's not always a bad place down here," Jones told News 12.

But people also seem to know there will always be troublemakers.

"As they say, it only takes one person to mess it up for everybody, so what have to do is contain that one person," he said.

The Richmond County Sheriffs Office is stepping up back-up and calling in more law enforcement from across the state.

All to make sure what happened last weekend doesn't happen again this weekend.

They're doing that by putting more than 40 officers on the streets.

"We just want high visibility within the entire Broad Street, Reynolds Street, and of course, the Riverwalk area," said Lt. Lewis Blanchard of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

And in those areas he says you should expect to see some flashing lights.

"The Sheriff's Office combined with other sheriff's offices, along with our motorcycle division, are all going to be either walking the area or riding the motors in the area to make sure we're out of the cars, seeing what's going on and talking to everybody," Blanchard said.

Steps that Blanchard knows will help keep the area safe and make it more about having fun.

"Get them out of the way, so the rest of us can enjoy life and continue on as we do in the South, have a great time," Jones said.


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