Cincinnati Police believe that an assault in Norwood may be related to a dangerous new trend known as the "knockout game." Officers were called to the 4100 block of Langland Street around 8:40 p.m. onMore >>
Cincinnati Police believe that an assault in Northside may be related to a dangerous new trend known as the "knockout game."More >>
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Authorities across America are seeing a spike
in a brutal new trend called "the knockout game."
The goal involves participants hitting an
unsuspecting victim unconscious with one punch. At least two deaths are attributed
to the game this year.
"It's disturbing to say the very least,
very disturbing. It's sickening, I don't see where the thrill would be," says Tim King.
"I think it's just a childish game, and
people should take the opportunity to protect themselves," explains Ben Fry.
On Friday night, a 42 year old man walked out
of this bar on Langland Street. The police report states the suspects punched
the victim in the face and fled. Tim King knows the victim and says the whole
thing is shocking.
"I think it's poor parenting. I have an 11-year-old at home. I want to know where he's at and keep an eye on
him," adds King.
But why? Law enforcement hate crime units are
taking a closer look. The attackers, mainly teenage boys target victims that
appear vulnerable. The trend also show most victims are Caucasian, prompting
some to call the act "polar bear hunting".
"Maybe profiling different kinds of
people or something like that," explains King.
The Northside victim told FOX19 that he
thinks the teens were taking video or pictures of Friday's assault, another
common trend. Ben Fry says this game is extremely risky for the attackers,
especially not knowing if the victim may be armed with a concealed carry
"It could definitely turn bad. They have
the right to defend themselves and they're inflicting bodily harm so it could
definitely not end well," says Fry.
Lawmakers in New York are already looking
into a bill that would label this as gang assault - a crime that could result
in felonies or jail time.
"I wonder if it will slow down with
winter coming and not as many people will be outside or if it'll be a better
opportunity for people to do it and cover their face up," say Fry.
Authorities say the best way to avoid this
situation is be aware of your surroundings and especially don't be consumed in
all of your technology like a cell phone or IPod. Finally, pay close attention
when walking near groups of teenage boys.
are continuing to investigate the incident in Northside, if you have any
information call police.