Knockout Game Comes To D.C.

Matt Vespa
By Matt Vespa | November 27, 2013 | 1:19 PM EST

There’s a disturbing new game circulating amongst teens. The goal is to sucker punch unsuspecting bystanders and knock them out with one punch. The attacks are usually captured on film and then posted to various social media outlets. 

CNN reported yesterday that this depraved activity might have reached the nation’s capital:

“Phoebe Connolly, a possible victim of game where teenagers appear to sucker-punch strangers, is encouraging people to think critically about how such attacks can be stopped.”

“Connolly was biking in the Columbia Heights area of Washington this month when she was struck. She had passed through a group of teenagers, she said, when one of them ‘reached out and punched me in the face…the whole group of kids laughed,’ Connolly told CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday night. She was not seriously injured.”

Connolly was lucky. Several people have died from these assaults, but there’s also a racial element to it. Amrit Marajh, 28, who attacked a 24-year old Orthodox Jew in Brooklyn last week was brought up on hate crime charges. Three other accomplices were arrested for being involved in the same attack, but were released.

So far, ‘knockout’ assaults have been reported in Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New York, and Missouri.

One teen in Michigan found the tables turned on him when the man he targeted turned out to be a concealed carry holder and shot him twice. He survived, but is currently in jail.