Police believe River Street attack was provoked

Published: May. 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 12, 2014 at 11:46 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police believe a fight on River Street Saturday night was not a random act.

A Metro-Atlanta family said they were targets of an attack, but police believe it was provoked.

Jim Thomas from Cumming, Ga. has spread his story all over Facebook, saying a man bumped into him on the sidewalk and then suddenly attacked him.

Thomas claims he didn't say anything to the man that would provoke him, but police said the surveillance footage tells a slightly different story.

According to the video, two men walked through the family of eight who were walking along on River Street. The men continued to walk away but police say a man from Atlanta made some sort of remark.

The video shows one of the guys turning around, running back towards the family and starts to attack Thomas and his family.

Thomas spoke with WTOC via phone on Wednesday.

"He was able to jump in the air like he was tackling somebody," said Thomas.

Thomas says they had never seen these guys before and says they didn't do anything to provoke the fight.

When asked if he said anything to the men, Thomas, "nothing."

Thomas said his children were also hit in the fight, but investigators say they couldn't find any evidence that his children were punched.

Many people in Savannah are wondering if this is an attempt to bash the city.

"It's important that people understand there's always three sides to every story. There's a he said, a she said and then there is the truth," said Ruel Joyner, President of the Downtown Business Association.

Even though Thomas and his family are now home and recovering from their injuries, this is what he wants people to know.

"We are getting this story out so people are aware how dangerous Savannah is for people to visit," said Thomas.

Police are continuing to investigate and said they would like to talk to the other people involved. If you have any information, call police.

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