The Associated Press: A man was charged with assault as a hate crime in New York City after a 24-year-old Jewish man said he was punched in the face, police said Saturday.
Police are investigating whether it was part of a so-called “knockout” game. The object is to knock out an unsuspecting person with one punch. The man says he overheard a group talking about it before he was hit.
The New York Police Department said the victim told them he was walking in Brooklyn around 2:45 a.m. Friday when he was struck once. He was not seriously injured.
A 28-year-old man was arrested on charges of assault as a hate crime because the victim is Jewish. Three others taken into custody were released.
Police are investigating similar recent incidents, including in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
In late May in Syracuse, a group of teenagers attempting to knock Michael Daniels out with a single punch wound up beating and stomping him to death, according to police. A 16-year-old was found guilty of manslaughter, and his 13-year-old co-defendant pleaded guilty to assault, admitting he started the fatal beating by trying to knock out Daniels with a single punch. Both were sentenced to 18 months behind bars.