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Victim of violent attack speaks


A strong-arms robbery in Historic Savannah over the weekend left a man unconscious, and missing a wallet and cell phone.

Gus Martin is a recent transplant from a small town nearly three hours west of Savannah. He said he moved here to pursue his dream to study audio engineering

He said he was just leaving a party on Whitaker Street, and was just about to the Liberty Street intersection when someone ran up behind him and placed him in a strangle hold.

"I didn't go down without a fight,” said Martin.

He wasn’t seriously injured but the crime has him thinking twice about his surroundings, no matter where he is. Last Friday night, he was walking down Whitaker toward his car when he was attacked.

"As I was getting right there toward the corner of the street, I heard a 'pit-pat' real quick like, and I didn't even have time to turn around. Somebody just came and started choking,” said Martin. "There's an old martial arts saying, even a master can be a victim of circumstance. So no matter what happens, there's always a possibility that you could become a victim.”

A veteran of the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department and self-defense expert, Gary Glemboski, said one of the best things we can do, especially out and about, is to be aware of our surroundings.

"In today's society, and it's not just Savannah it's all over, you have to be aware and know what's going on around you and be ready to deal with potentially critical situations,” said Glemboski.

Despite being the victim in this case, Martin is staying positive.

"It's a learning experience. I just moved here, I haven't even been in the city for two weeks yet. It's just really teaching me the city is nothing to play with, no matter where you're at, what city you're in,” said Martin.

While it likely wouldn't have helped Martin, Glemboski said something as simple as keeping your head up when you’re walking and not buried in your cell phone, can make all the difference.

Police are still searching for the robber.

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