Video of attack near Austin's 6th Street raises concerns



Posted on February 3, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 3 at 11:40 AM

AUSTIN, Texas -- Several viewers sent KVUE a link to a video posted online showing two men who appear to be attacked. They're dodging punches near 6th and I-35 last weekend. The video had more than 60,000 hits as of Saturday night.

Police say they are aware of it and are investigating. 

They've also confirmed a man was attacked by a group of men and sent to the hospital Wednesday night at 10:45 on West 4th between Colorado and Lavaca.

Though these incidents don't seem to faze some downtown dwellers.

"I feel pretty safe around here because there is always a lot of people out. You know if it gets late, then you are kinda taking it into your own hands," said Anthony Cianciotto.

"It all depends on times and where you are," said lifelong Austin resident Montana Smith.

"As someone who is down here four or five times or maybe more nights a week, and have been for the past seven or eight years, I defintiely feel safe every night when I leave the bar," said James Taylor. 

Taylor is the General Manager and partner of Holy Mountain, a live music venue on 7th between Red River and I-35.

"Does that mean that I don't know about random things that have happened over the years, yeah of course," he said.

While he says he'd like to see more police and better lighting, he doesn't think it's an epidemic.

The Austin Police Department says one of it's goals for 2014 is to reduce violent and property crime, and that they have already downtown because of a strong presence in the 6th street entertainment area.

But say they also rely on the community to be an extra set of eyes.