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Jogger assaulted in Five Points

Jun 23, 2011 8:50:00 PM - thestate.com
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 jogging 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 jogger 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 a 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, but it is unclear which of the eight are the four suspects in the beating.

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