Roommate: "I Thought My Friend Had Just Died"

8:49 AM, Sep 25, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Friends of Josh Bosworth,  the 21-year-old police say was attacked in Five Points, say the attack was  unprovoked. We want to warn you, some of the pictures we show you in this story are graphic.

Hospital pictures taken of Josh Bosworth show the aftermath of what police are calling a Mob Assault in Five Points.

"It could have been way worse," said Bosworth. "People just need to be aware. It could happen to anybody."

Previous Coverage: Victim Suffers Broken Jaw in Attack in Five Points

The twenty one year old received 10 stitches in his forehead. A CAT scan showed a fractured jaw that requires emergency surgery to put in a titanium plate and screws.

"I could have been stabbed. I could have been shot. I could have died. You know? I got really lucky," said Bosworth.

"It was almost like he was fighting for his life," while Josh doesn't remember much of the attack, his roommate Matthew Dempsey does. He says it started when another friend was punched outside of a pub in five points.

"Josh went up their trying to defend him and they ended up surrounding him and beating him up pretty bad. I tried to get in there and help him out but I couldn't," said Dempsey. "The bouncer at the bar couldn't even get to him and then no one wanted to help him. Everyone wanted to stand around on their video cameras on their phones."

We have asked for infomation from the Columbia Police since Sunday.  There are no descriptions of any suspects. The only thing the report states is that "seven to ten black males began to punch and shove the victim up against the door until the victim fell to the ground where one or two began to kick the victim about his chest area and in the head."

"After everyone starts to run away, you see one more guy just decides he wants to kick him in the face one last time before police showed up," said Dempsey.

Josh's parents Kathy and Paul Meding say their received a frantic phone call from Josh's roommate.

"He kept screaming there's so much blood! there's so much blood! These guys beat him!" Said Kathy Meding.

His parents say their focus is first on her son, then finding his attackers.

"They are bullies as far as I am concerned. They need to be brought to justice. I will not stop until I find out each and every one of them," said Kathy Meding.

Just down the street police say they responded to another assault an hour earlier Sunday at 734 Harden Street. In that case, the victim says he was bumped by two men, he tried to walk away from the incident, but was then punched by one of the men.

Officials said more men joined the group and he was hit in the face several times. The victim says he has a broken an arm. Columbia police are trying to determine if the two incidents are connected. If you know anything about the attacks call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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