You are currently viewing the printable version of this article, to return to the normal page, please click here.

Teens tout new ‘Knockout’ game as ‘fun’ attacks on strangers

Story Topics
Question of the Day

Is it still considered bad form to talk politics during a social gathering?

View results

Teenagers have a new 'fun' game they're playing on city streets nationwide — targeting and taking out randomly selected passersby, where a win means the victim is knocked out by a single punch.

New York's CBS2 said the game is called "Knockout," and it's caused fatalities in Syracuse, St. Louis and New Jersey.

Video footage shows how the game's played: A 46-year-old man, Ralph Santiago, of Hoboken, N.J., was walking down an alley in broad daylight, about to pass a group of teenagers, when one lunges, inflicts a knockout punch. Mr. Santiago was ultimately found with his head wedged between two iron fence posts, dead and with a broken neck.

Teens who were talked to about the game say it's all in jest.

"[It's] for the fun of it," one teen said, in the video, as reported by CBS. And another commented: The point is to "see if you got enough strength to knock somebody out."

The trend has hit at streets in Washington, D.C., CBS reported.

A woman who reported an attack last week on 14th Street NW in Columbia Heights said a group of eight males on bicycles rode behind her and whacked her on the head. Police said it was a "simple assault," CBS said. But the woman said in DCist.com that she thought the attack was something deeper — and that other city-goers ought to be on alert.

© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks