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$5,000 reward offered in Six Flags attack

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) — A $5,000 reward is being offered for informationin the case of a teenager who was severely beaten outside an amusementpark.

Derrick Boazman, a local radio host and former Atlanta citycouncilman, joined state Sen. Vincent Fort, community activist MichaelLangford and Cobb County Commissioner Annette Kesting in announcingthe reward Saturday as Joshua Martin's condition was upgraded fromcritical to serious at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Martin, 19, suffered head injuries July 3 in what witnesses said wasan unprovoked attack by a group of at least 10 males outside Six FlagsOver Georgia. Martin, his brother and friend were walking from theamusement park to a nearby bus stop when they were assaulted.

Their attackers escaped on a bus. Cobb County police areinvestigating but have yet to make an arrest.

Community leaders planned to contact management of Six Flags to setup a meeting to discuss security at the amusement park and the areasaround it.

Six Flags officials said last week the attack occurred outside its gates.

Commissioner Kesting said that unless the park increases security,she will ask that its gates be closed.

''I'm looking for Six Flags to be cleaned up,'' she said.

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