Downtown leaders in Augusta are planning a public forum after a brutal attack on a couple and concerns about safety in the area.
The forum hosted by the Downtown Augusta Alliance is planned for 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Karen Gordon Stage.
Police say the couple was robbed and beaten with metal bats or pipes while sitting on a bench on Riverwalk around 11 p.m. Friday.
The Augusta Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/10kUKt8) that the crime has led some residents to be wary of visiting the area, particularly at night.
A Beech Island, S.C. man was robbed and beaten Thursday night outside Riverfront Pub, and the recent posting of a YouTube video showing a large brawl on Broad Street have also fueled concerns about safety.