Skip to comments.Teen assaulted in Five Points; Teenís condition critical after attack by four men
Posted on 06/24/2011 4:32:14 AM PDT by MissEdie
A teenager had emergency brain surgery this week after police say he was the victim of a violent beating in Five Points.
The 18-year-old was running along Blossom Street near the Walgreens and Wachovia after midnight Monday when he was attacked by four men, the Columbia Police Department reported. After the beating, the man managed to run several blocks to Edisto Avenue, where a passerby found him two hours later and called 911, police said.
The teen, whose name was not released by police, was taken to the hospital, where he had emergency surgery to remove a clot from his brain, police reported. The teen remained in critical condition in a Columbia hospital and was expected to have reconstructive surgery on his face, according to police.
The 18-year-old victim had been helping a friend earlier in the night and was jogging back home when he was attacked, said Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott. The chief did not know where the victim had been or where his home was.
The Police Department on Thursday released video footage of men it says are the suspects. The footage, recorded by security cameras in Five Points, shows eight men walking along a sidewalk. Late Thursday, police had eight people in custody and were interviewing them.
Earlier the night of the beating, the group of suspects had tried to attack others, but those people managed to escape unharmed, Scott said.
The police department also has footage for four men darting across the street toward the man, said Jennifer Timmons, the department spokeswoman. However, the department did not release that footage to the public.
All of the footage was provided to police by the Five Points Merchants Association, which has installed dozens of security cameras outside businesses, Scott said.
The security cameras are just one response to increasing concern about crime in Five Points.
A 2 a.m. bar closing, with many exceptions, will go into effect later this summer, and City Council is considering a curfew. The police and fire departments have beefed up overcrowding inspections at bars, and city police are allowed to work off-duty security in the bars.
Strictly Running, a Harden Street shop that sells running gear and organizes training events, has security cameras inside and outside its storefront, said Selwyn Blake, one of the co-owners and a U.S. Track and Field coach. When coaching runners, Blake said he emphasizes safety tips.
But a jogger getting beaten is rare, he said. I think what you have here is a unique situation, thats for sure, Blake said.
Runners more often face injuries caused by distracted drivers and the extreme South Carolina heat, he said. Thats why joggers are advised to run in pairs, to wear identification, to carry cellphones and to wear reflective vests at night. He also suggested runners let someone know when they leave and when they should be expected to return, Blake said.
Strictly Running hosts groups of runners who leave from the store in the early-morning hours. Blake said he feels safe in Five Points but always advises people to use caution.
You have to remember you are in the city, he said. You have to put your city armor on.
If you have time, read some of the posts, the victim's mother is one of the posters and she has given updates on her son's condition.
A small request -
While it’s not part of the ‘Posting Guidelines’, it would be a courtesy, when posting ‘local’ stories like this, to indicate the City and State, either in parentheses with the title, or in the “Poster’s Comment”...
This is still another that will curiously be ignored by the State-run, Lame -Stream Media.
This is still another story that will curiously be ignored by the State-run, Lame -Stream Media.
I think we need to really start throwing the book at people who commit UNPROVOKED violence against others - long sentences with no parole. If the jails are too full, put the non violent offenders on house arrest.
Somewhat OT: Newt Gingrich at a press briefing yesteday said that the media will cover “nothing of substance” because they are protecting Obama.
His comments mostly went unreported.
I try very hard to not become racist, but with the way the black youth are behaving these days there’s really no other choice. We are quickly coming to the point where it’s shoot first if threatened and ask questions later. (and due to events such as this one being approached by two or more blacks is becomming equivalent to being threatened)
Do the black leaders not understand that their own behavior is pushing people back to KKK type organizations? If they do not control their youth then we will have to and it will be ugly.
Agree. Would be helpful.
Columbia, South Carolina in this instance.
I missed the part of the story where the ethnicity of the perps was given. Knowing Columbia, SC, I am assuming that those zany Amish kids are acting up again.
Sounds like a gun would have been the only suggestion that would have prevented this. Of course that is not a valid suggestion because people can get hurt when guns are around.
Usually a code word for blacks of Muslims.
Outside of Obama and his cronies, the Lame-Stream, State-run media is our biggest threat and obvious enemy with which to deal.
“If they do not control their youth then we will have to and it will be ugly.”
Well, anyone who exercises his God-given right to self-defense will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, I’m sure. If the state doesn’t do it, the feds will go after them on some bogus “civil rights” crap.
How horrible. Our nation is becoming a jungle. I read the comments following the article and his mother had posted that her son had driven two friends home who had been drinking and were not able to drive. It was a friend’s car so he was going to just run back home since it wasn’t far. He had talked to his mom shortly before the attack to let her know he would be a few minutes past his curfew. When he wasn’t home shortly thereafter, she knew something was wrong. How long will we as a civilized society put up with wild animals in our midst? I don’t consider myself a racist, but crap like this makes me not trust blacks very much.
I think we need to start throwing small pieces of lead (at very high velocity) at people who commit unprovoked violence. If they manage to avoid all of those pieces, THEN we can put them on house arrest.
Rabid animals are killed, not contained.
While liberals carry a lot of the burden for failing to do this, conservatives are just as guilty because conservatives cannot tell the difference between soemone who commits violent uprovoked mayhem, and someone who merely committed one of about 10,000 sins that indicate a lack of their idea of god's grace. Liberals only want to lock up those who commit a crime against liberal thought, and conservatives want to lock up everyone, as near as I can tell, since we are all guilty of something.
This is why in any choice between all the dems and all the repubs the overwhelming favorite is none of the above.
Timmons said most of the suspects turned themselves in with their parents after the surveillance footage was shown on the news.
Section 16-3-210 of the South Carolina Code of Laws defines lynching as an attack on one person by two or more people. Police haven’t said whether lynching charges will be filed.
It's somewhat heartening to see they aren't bothering to use the "robbery gone wrong" modifier anymore. These are just plain old racial intimidation attacks.
Yours is a great summary of actions to quell some of this insanity! Thanks!
Race card in 3, 2, 1...
I carry a gun every where I go. The first five would have had a bullet in’em!
“Timmons said most of the suspects turned themselves in with their parents after the surveillance footage was shown on the news.”
I guess 8 parents showed up with the 8 terrorists complaining about how whitey was the cause of their little angels trying to murder someone. This IS a hate crime. Either charge them with such or take it completely off the books.
Downtown Columbia, and especially Five Points, used to be a wonderful experience for wide-eyed small town visitors.
At the end of the article: “You have to remember you are in the city, he said. You have to put your city armor on.”
Exactly! Therefore, as our cities are full of predators on two legs, an immediate return to Constitutional Carry IS necessary.
For those in Urban Liberal Land, Constitutional Carry means anyone who is a citizen can carry what they please, as they so please, subject to the rules of such private property they choose to enter.
On public property, they may carry as they please.
As a Founder remarked centuries ago: “For in such manner is tyranny kept in check.”
Just as I thought! Methodists!
They shouldn’t bunch up like that, too hard to miss.
This is why mob justice is still reasonable... :)
I say... get some rope, get a couple strong trees, bust down the door to the Sheriff/Police department grab these fellas right by the scruff of their neck and hang them high! (This sentence is written only in parody... I’d never condone this nor say it should be done... ...)
Justice served... but more importantly the other youth will see this intolerance and guess what, they are going to think twice about it.
Long prison sentences do nothing. The monsters come out of prison with no skills, and they have no way to adapt. Again a reason why folks were shipped to islands to serve out their term. To get them OUT of society.
And those who organize to 'control' those poor, afflicted youth will give Obama exactly what he needs for an excuse to drop the hammer to the anvil.
The urban black population will be the anvil and you know what will be the hammer.
And 'we'....i.e. 'not of color'...will be caught in between.
If the media insists on politically correct avoidance of accurately identifying criminals why not avoid any stereotype ID-ing?
“Teens?”—isn’t that age-ist?
“Men?”-isn’t that sexist?
Shouldn’t it read:
“Human assaulted in Five Points; Humans condition critical after attack by four humans.”
It’s no more ridiculous than racial ID avoidance.
Unfortunately, unless one of the predators confesses, it is unlikely any ID by the victim will stand up in court because of his head injuries.
Especially since “Five Points” was a rough neighborhood in Manhattan, which is how most people know the name.
Why not just shoot em and get rid of scum?
Of course after a long drawn out court hearing that will cost the tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars, where they will be found either not guilty because of their environmental upbringing which is not their fault or it’s thrown out on a technicality that it’s not a hate crime when blacks commit a crime of violence against a white person.
“I try very hard to not become racist, but with the way the black youth are behaving these days theres really no other choice.”
Obviously you are not watching TV commercials. Seemingly the USA is composed of 60% highly intelligent AA 20% wonderful white women and 20% of incompetent, goofy, and overall just bad, adult white males, who has to have the simplest message described by the obviously brighter minority.
So the message is typical democrap drivel and the denial of reality.
Never aim at the flock, always pick one bird...
“I guess 8 parents showed up with the 8 terrorists complaining about how whitey was the cause of their little angels trying to murder someone. “
They, the 8 honor students, were just taking a break from those hard medical school courses they are taking after having turned their lives around.
Just a warning to anyone who tries that with me. I’m a fat old man and I gave up running a long time ago. Now I carry a gun when I go for a walk - especially after dark.
“The first five would have had a bullet inem!”
Carry something with a magazine... and a spare... or two...
There are so many commercials out there that are just as you describe. Perhaps my "favorite" is one for college planning or some such. Nice suburban living room, large group of up-scale parents gathered around. Everyone is concerned about financial planning and saving for college. Turns out no one knows how to plan their finances. No has has started doing any savings.
Wait! That's not quite accurate! There is a black couple over there on the couch! Yes! They've taken the intiative -- they've been saving for years. Easiest thing in the world for them. They know how to do it, and they are very responsible and on top of their finances. All the dumb white people stare at them with puppy dog eyes and admire their wisdom for hiring the right financial planning firm.
Now, of course black people can be financially responsible. But if the commercial featured dumb, scared black people in awe of the smart white people who have deep knowledge of financial planning, people would howl about the stereotype. But, reverse the colors, and there's no problem. Well, I have a problem. The TV pushes propaganda that whites, especially white males, are helpless idiots who need to be helped by their social superiors.
>>They, the 8 honor students, were just taking a break from those hard medical school courses they are taking after having turned their lives around.<<
Now they can go to Bible school for a few years.
In my city the minorities have a well known practice of slamming on the brakes for nothing, you rear-end them and they claim horrific, disabling soft-tissue injuries. Happened to my son and many, many other friends.
I no longer let any minority into traffic ahead of me. It’s not racist, it’s called protecting my insurance rates.
You are no doubt correct. But attacks such as this are generally by definition launched by surprise. Once the first blow has been struck, getting your weapon out and counter-attacking becomes a great deal more difficult. Especially with multiple attackers.
Which means you would have to shoot before a punch is thrown. This is problematic not only legally but also morally. It would, of course, be portrayed by the press as an angry white man opening fire on a group of black children without provocation.
And it would indeed be easy to misinterpret innocent idiocy as a threat and open fire inappropriately.
I see no easy answers. The only real answer is a rebirth of morality and decency in the black community, and that won’t be easy.
After Barky's election, the racism THAT WAS ALREADY THERE, that was instilled for generations, started to become evident.
Yes, it's hard not to become "racist" when the "other side" viscerally hates you simply for YOUR "race".
The “ethnicity” was plainly stated in the phrase “the department did not release that footage to the public”.
Right after HUSSEIN’s election I also noticed increased racism by minorities...but lately it seems to have waned a bit. I think they can’t help but realize that barry HUSSEIN has made their lives exponentially more difficult.
Whenever I get a cold call to buy some product I always tell them that the “obama economy” has hurt my disposable income and I am having to cut back on everything. More and more callers are starting to commiserate with me. Previously they would get argumentative. Apparently they are “feeling my pain.”
I have also noticed that NO magazines puts either potus or flotus on their covers anymore. Idiocy doesn’t sell.
Well when they bunch up, you could get lucky and get 2 fer 1 special.
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