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RVA Street Art Festival Site Closed After Assault

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - The RVA Street Art Festival site along Cary Street is closed to the public after a security guard was brutally beaten and robbed there Saturday night.

Jack Newsom, who was released from the hospital Monday morning, was viciously attacked and knocked out Saturday night. He has no idea how he made it to the hospital.

His eyes are practically swollen shut, his nose, throat and lips bloody and bruised.  Newsom isn't sure what or who hit him here at the RVA Street Art site.  

"All I remember was walking out to the car and that was it."

It was about 11 p.m. Saturday night when Newsom was patrolling the old GRTC bus depot when he noticed damage to a building.

"At first I noticed some windows were broken and one of the door locks but that's all."

Newsom remembers he was heading to the security office when he was suddenly attacked. Whoever beat him stole his cash and took off.

Councilman Jon Baliles was a leader in the effort to transform the old GRTC bus depot into an outdoor art gallery for all to explore.

"It's tragic news," he says. "We are just thinking about the security guard and his family."

Organizers say after the assault, there will no longer be public access and they say there stopping tours.

"We want it to remain open and we'll work with GRTC to do whatever we have to," Baliles says. "It's a great creation."

Meanwhile security cameras around the site might help find whoever did this to Newsom.

Police could not provide any more details about the case.

GRTC, which still owns the property, says they will be reviewing their security procedures at the property.


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