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Augusta Man Runs from Cop after Knocking Out Victim on Broad Street


     An Augusta man punched another man unconscious last Saturday in front of Mellow Mushroom on Broad Street.

   A sheriff’s investigator happened to be nearby around 2:15 a.m. Feb. 19 and witnessed 31-year-old Mason Poss strike Joel Olivo in the face outside the downtown pizza restaurant. Oliva fell backwards to the ground and struck his head on the concrete sidewalk, which rendered him unconscious, according to a sheriff’s report.

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Mason poss from facebook (2019 photo)

   Investigator Michael McDonald then saw Poss flee on foot, and the officer chased him all the way to Springfield Baptist Church, where the suspect was taken into custody for simple battery. Poss has a listed address on Bridgeport Drive in Augusta.

   Gold Cross took the 29-year-old victim to Augusta University Medical Center for a possible concussion. A motive for the attack was not clear.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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