Victim Suffers Broken Jaw in Attack in Five Points

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Josh Bosworth in the hospital following an attack Sunday morning in Five Points.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Columbia Police are investigating two separate attacks in Five Points over the weekend. In both attacks, the victims ended in the hospital.

One of those victims talked to News19. Josh Bosworth says he was in Five Points Saturday night with some friends at Bey's on Harden Street when his friend was punched. Bosworth says he then stepped in to help. Bosworth's roommate witnessed the assault and says one man knocked Bosworth out, and six more jumped on top of him taking turns punching and kicking him.

One of the kicks came as Bosworth lie motionless on the ground.

He needed surgery to fix a fractured jaw. Bosworth says the attack was unprovoked and hopes the witnesses come forward to help police.

The Columbia Police Department says they are in the process of reviewing video surveillance tapes from Saturday night. They do not any have suspects at this time but expect that to change.

Police say a similar attack happened about an earlier on Harden street. The victim in that attack suffered a broken arm.

Below is the Columbia Police News Release on the two incidents.

TWO REPORTED ASSAULTS IN FIVE POINTS THIS WEEKEND

Columbia Police Chief Randy Scott announces the investigations of two reported assaults in Five Points this weekend.

The first incident occurred shortly before 1 o'clock in the morning at 734 Harden Street on Sunday, September 23, 2012.

The male victim tells CPD that he was with a friend at the incident location and was bumped by two unknown, black males.

There was allegedly a verbal altercation between the men and the victim.
  
The victim adds that when he tried to walk away from the incident, he was punched by one of the males.

Then, more males joined the group and he was hit in the face several times. He also tells Investigators that he sustained a broken arm.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The victim was not able to provide more specific descriptions of the suspects.

Second Incident:

The second reported incident occurred at approximately 2 o'clock in the morning at 707 Harden Street on Sunday, September 23, 2012.

The male victim tells CPD that there was a verbal altercation at the incident location.

The victim says that he was shoved and punched by several, unknown black males.

The victim adds that when he was on the ground, he was kicked in his chest and head area, causing lacerations and damage to his mouth/jaw area.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The victim was not able to provide more specific descriptions of the suspects.

The Columbia Police Department continues to investigate these incidents.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance video from the area.

CPD is also investigating both cases to determine if they are connected.

Chief Scott encourages citizens with information about this incident to call, text or submit online, their anonymous tip to Crimestoppers in any of the following ways:

CALL toll-free, 888-CRIME-SC.
TEXT to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with "TIPSC," followed by the tip information.
LOG onto: www.midlandscrimestoppers.com, and click on the red "Submit a tip" tab.

Tipsters could earn a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

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