Suspect charged with early May aggravated assault

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comMay 15, 2014 

A 21-year-old suspect was charged Wednesday with aggravated assault after police connected him to a May 4 Rosemont Drive attempted robbery, according to a Columbus police report.

Police say Joshua Irby lacerated the 38-year-old victim's lips and mouth during an attempted robbery on the 4400 block around 6:25 a.m. Irby was charged with the offense after he was booked into the Muscogee County Jail for violation of probation on May 7.

Officers initially reported that Irby pistol-whipped the man on the sidewalk, according to earlier Ledger-Enquirer reports. A 60-year-old Ledger-Enquirer newspaper carrier was attacked minutes later in the same area.

Wednesday's report stated that the victim was attacked in a driveway at an apartment or duplex. No mention was made of the alleged pistol-whipping.

Columbus police officers brought the May 4 attempted robbery victims in for interviews after a 30-year-old man was critically injured during a May 5 Rosemont Drive shooting. The victim was caught in the crossfire after several men began fighting near the 4100 block, according to the report.

This article has been updated to correct the suspect's arrest date.

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