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Police hold 3 suspects in beating

Three men have been taken into custody on charges related to the recent beating of a Thomson man that has left him in critical condition in an Augusta hospital, authorities say.

Thomson Police Department Investigator Lt. Scott Whittle identified the suspects as Al-Malik Mateen Babbs, 27, Antonio Lamont Curry, 29 -- both of the 600 block of Dell Drive in Thomson -- and Demorris Anwon Hudson, 25, of the 200 block of First Avenue, Thomson.

Mr. Babbs was charged with aggravated assault, and Mr. Curry and Mr. Hudson were charged with affray, said Lt. Whittle. Mr. Hudson also was charged with pointing a pistol.

Officers Josh Caston and Pat Sanders arrested the suspects shortly after the crime.

All three are being held in the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center.

Lt. Whittle said additional arrests could be forthcoming.

"Right now, we're still early into this investigation," he said.

Lt. Whittle said the victim was assaulted with a blunt object during a fight among the suspects at an apartment complex on Dell Drive about 3:20 a.m. April 10.

"The victim was struck about the head during the assault," Lt. Whittle said at the news conference that he had not been able to talk with the victim because of his injuries.

Web posted on Thursday, April 22, 2010

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