Deadly 'knockout' game may be behind 2 Pa. attacks

Posted: November 22, 2013 - 4:12am


ARDMORE, Pa. (AP) — Police across the U.S. are investigating whether a string of random attacks on pedestrians are part of a violent game called "knockout."

Authorities say the goal is to knock a random pedestrian unconscious with a single punch.

In Lower Merion, in suburban Philadelphia, two possible "knockout" attacks have been reported this fall.

In September, an elderly man was knocked down while mowing his lawn, causing a serious injury. In late October, a 63-year-old man was punched while walking his dog.

Two 19-year-olds are charged in the second assault.

Lower Merion Lt. Frank Higgins says both attacks might be linked to the "knockout" game, since no one was robbed.

He calls it a "disturbing trend," if true.

Authorities say a victim in Jersey City, N.J., died in one such attack.