UPDATE | Downtown stabbing suspect released from jail

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Investigators on the corner of 8th Street and Broad Street investigating an overnight stabbing. (WRDW/WAGT)

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A man accused of stabbing another man in front of Joe's Underground last week has been released from jail.

Warren Hills, 31, was granted a $9,500 bond on Monday. Hills faces one count of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a knife.

According to Richmond County dispatch, the call came in at 3:03 a.m. on Friday, May 19. The victim was reportedly stabbed with a knife several times which investigators soon recovered and the victim was covered in blood.

The victim was transported to Augusta University Medical Center.


Monday, May 22, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A man accused in a stabbing that happened on Broad Street last week has been granted bond.

Warren Hills, 31, faces one count of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a knife. A judge granted Hills $9,500 bond and ordered him to have no contact with the victim's family.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Richmond County Sheriff's Office are investigating two crimes that happened within 24 hours of each other earlier this week. One of the those crimes was a stabbing involving a Joe's Underground employee.

Deputies arrested Joe's Underground bar-back Warren Hills in the stabbing. Hills, 31, is facing one count of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a knife.

Joe's Underground owner Jeremy LaFontaine said the incident that had happened early Friday morning does not reflect the atmosphere of Downtown Augusta.

"95 percent of people come out and enjoy themselves," LaFontaine said.

LaFontaine said we shouldn't let the other five percent ruin downtown for the rest of us.

"You can't discount the other thousand nights to say okay one night something bad happened, or two nights. Things are always going to happen," LaFontaine said

LaFontaine said out of his four years owning the bar, he hasn't had any problems until early Friday morning.

Deputies said his employee stabbed a man. Richmond County Sheriff's Office are also investigating a shooting at Mom and Pops on Broad Street the day before.

We don't know what lead up to either of these incidents, but LaFontaine said this could happen to anyone.

"You can't predict what people are going to say or do and for whatever reason people want to hurt other people. There is no rhyme of reason," LaFontaine said.

LaFontaine said crime does affect businesses in the area, but crime happens everywhere, and people shouldn't let it scare them away from what Downtown Augusta has to offer.

"A lot of positive changes. New businesses, new restaurants, bars, and a more positive vibe. It has a ways to go but definitely working that way," LaFontaine

The bar owner said people should start working their way downtown to enjoy it for themselves

"You have to do it for yourself. You have to see it for yourself, but it is a very good atmosphere, a lot of people and a lot of good times," LaFontaine said.


News 12 NBC 26 / Friday, May 19, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The owner of Joe's Underground in Downtown Augusta claims the man accused of stabbing a person on Broad Street was defending himself early Friday morning.

Deputies arrested Joe's Underground bar-back Warren Hills in the stabbing.

Hills, 31, is facing one count of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a knife.

Joe's Underground owner Jeremy LaFontaine says he didn't see what happened, but he tells us after hearing from his workers and knowing Hills for over ten years, he knows he was defending himself.

"The bar closed down, they were hanging out talking. A couple of people were hanging out, a gentlemen walked up. They asked him to leave. They started grabbing the people with Warren or possibly Warren. The guy started charging him. Warren pulled out his knife to defend himself. Then the guy kept charging him and so he kept stabbing him as long as he was charging him," said LaFontaine.

LaFontaine says it's a typical thing to hear, but says Hills is the most lovable guy.

"I try to surround myself with dependable people. He is a good guy. If something like this happened you know he was either defending himself or friends and family," said LaFontaine.

LaFontaine also notes Hills was not working at the time, but just hanging with friends outside the bar.

"They were trying to say he was working at the time. He was just hanging out. It's not like he was looking for a fight. He was hanging out where he always hangs out. The guy approached him," said LaFontaine.

LaFontaine says Downtown Augusta is a safe and growing place and doesn't want one persons actions to keep people from coming downtown.

"We work really hard. I know myself and others try hard to keep people out that are unsavory. I just don't want to see Downtown hurt, because some guy came down looking for a fight," said LaFontaine.


Friday, May 19, 2017

6:36 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Investigators have arrested a man in connection to a stabbing that occurred on the corner of 8th Street and Broad Street overnight.

Warren Hills, 31, of Augusta has been charged with one count of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a knife during a crime.

According to Richmond County dispatch, the call came in at 3:03 a.m. The victim was reportedly stabbed with a knife several times which investigators soon recovered and the victim was covered in blood.

The victim was transported to Augusta University Medical Center and is undergoing treatment for his serious injuries.

EDITORS NOTE: Our earlier story mentioned that the stabbing incident happened at Joe's Underground. It actually did not happen there, it happened near there. Our web story has been edited to reflect this miscommunication, and we apologize to Joe's Underground for the error.



4:00 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Investigators are looking into a stabbing that occurred on the corner of 8th Street and Broad Street.

According to Richmond County dispatch, the call came in at 3:03 a.m. The victim was reportedly stabbed with a knife several times which investigators soon recovered and the victim was covered in blood.

The manager of Joe's Underground tells News 12 NBC 26 that deputies told him three people were taken into custody. He heard that the victim seemed stable.

The victim was transported to Augusta University Medical Center and is undergoing treatment for his serious injuries.

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