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.