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5 points jogger beaten, suspects sought

Jun 23, 2011 5:38:00 PM - thestate.com
An 18-year-old jogger was savagely beaten in an early Monday morning attack in Five Points.

Columbia Police believe surveillance video captured four of the eight suspects as they darted across the street toward the jogger, who had just jogged through and out of the camera’s view, police spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said.

The attack occurred in a parking lot on the 1900 block of Blossom Street at 12:15am Monday, police said in a statement. The young man was robbed of his cell phone and beaten. A passerby found the victim on Edisto Avenue two hours later and called 911.

The victim’s family told police that he required emergency brain surgery and will need facial reconstruction following the attack.

Police released photographs and video hoping the public can help identify the suspects in the case and vehicles that may have been used by the suspects.

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