A suspect was charged this morning in a string of violent attacks in Brooklyn, known as the “knockout game.” Four suspects were taken into custody Friday night.
One of the suspects, identified as Amrit Marajh, 28, was charged with aggravated assault as a hate crime, among other counts. The other three suspects were released without charges.
The suspects allegedly hit the victim without warning, similar to recent incidents related to the so-called “knockout game” in which mobs of young people randomly sucker-punch innocent people for fun.
Around 2:45 a.m. Friday, investigators said a 24-year-old Jewish man was the victim of the latest attack. He was surrounded by four men and punched in the face as he walked down 18th Avenue in Borough Park.
NYPD officers were nearby in an unmarked police car, commissioner Ray Kelly said Friday afternoon.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly has expressed some doubts about whether the knockout game is real or an urban myth. But as 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported, it certainly seemed real to the victim – who spoke on a YouTube video.
“I came across a group of people who were walking towards me, and I was able to hear them speaking loudly about this knockout game,” he said.
Kelly also told CBS 2’s Dave Carlin, “Just prior to it, (the assailants) were talking about the knockout game.”
The victim told investigators he heard one of the attackers say, “I’ll do it to this guy,” right before he was surrounded and punched, sources told CBS 2.
The alleged victim dodged cameras Friday as he left the 66th Precinct police station, at 5822 16th Ave. in Brooklyn, rushing to get home for Shabbos.
The suspects fled, but were quickly apprehended and taken into police custody by plainclothes officers nearby, sources said. The victim identified the suspects, police said. Read more at CBS 2 New York.