"New information on the reported attack on a Florida couple on Bay Street Monday morning has Metro Police investigating the possibility of charges against the reported victims," a police department spokesperson says.
Video footage obtained from a Bay Street business on Thursday "seems to indicate that Corey Walters, 38, of Riverview, FL., instigated the confrontation that required medical treatment for him," police say.
Angel Little, 36, initially told Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police "the couple had been attacked, beaten, kicked in the head and face and robbed by five to six males who left in a maroon sports sedan. The video refutes most of the couples’ account of what started the conflict as well as the extent of their participation," police say.
According to police, the video shows Walters walking away and returning to confront two men standing on the sidewalk. "The confrontation increased between the men after Little walked up with her dog. It appears from the video she attempted to get between the men as her boyfriend struck one of them," police say.
"Other men, possibly those first identified as the assailants, approached to break up or join in the affray that crossed Bay Street several times before Walters was left lying on the sidewalk."
Robbery detectives continue to seek witnesses and the group of males to sort out discrepancies. They are described as being in their early 20s, clean shaven with short, groomed haircuts. They also are trying to identify the two men who were initially confronted by Walters.
Police continue to ask that anyone who may have been in the area of Bay and Bull streets about 2:15 a.m. and may have seen the confrontation to help provide information. They also are asking anyone who might know the participants to come forward.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637) using the keyword CSTOP2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
A Tip Line also is open directly to investigators at (912) 525-3124 and most area clergy have agreed to serve as liaisons for anyone who would like to share information with police anonymously.