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Has The 'Knockout Game' Made Its Way To Spokane County?

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SPOKANE, Wash. – A disturbing trend called "the knockout game" is happening all over the country and this past weekend, the Spokane County Sheriff's Office thinks it happened for the first time here in Spokane.

According to the Sheriff's Office, a man in his fifties was minding his own business when three teenage boys attacked him. He was not hurt badly enough to need medical attention, but deputies worry the assault is the first time the knockout game has been played by teens in our area.  

"Our concern is that nationwide right now, there is a thing going on with young teen males called the knockout game," said Spokane County Sheriff's Office Deputy Craig Chamberlin However, this weekend was the first time the Spokane County Sheriff's Office has seen teenagers assault someone because of the game here in Spokane. Around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, a 55-year-old man was walking to the HicoMart on Sprague and Mullan to finish doing his laundry.

On the way, he passed three teenage boys who assaulted him. "For no reason whatsoever, they started punching him and kicking him," Chamberlin said. "Our concern with this, obviously, is that we need to find out who these teenagers are." 

The victim told deputies he had never seen the teens before and has no idea why they would do this. The boys did not steal anything from him, leaving deputies to believe they were playing the dangerous game. "The reasoning behind this game that teenage males are doing, is just for fun and more times than not, they are video taping this and posting it on YouTube," Chamberlin said.

If you do an online search, it is not hard to find examples. The goal of the game is to knock out an unsuspecting person with just one punch. It is a very a scary trend and one deputies hope to stop before more attacks happen here.

"We do not know why it started or how it started, but this is something we take very seriously," Chamberlin said. The man who was attacked here in Spokane did not need to go to the hospital. However, a 46-year-old man in New Jersey died as a result of being punched by teens playing the game.

Right now, deputies are still searching for the three boys who attacked the man here in Spokane. If you have any information, you are asked to call crime check at 509-456-2233.



UPDATED PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SPOKANE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: On Saturday, November 23rd, 2013, Spokane Valley Sheriff's Deputies responded to an assault call at Hico at 9219 E. Sprague. The victim said he was inside Hico to make a purchase. When he came outside he said there were three 17-21 year old white males in the parking lot, and as he walked by the three boys he said, "what's up fellas?"
 
The victim said at that point all three males started to violently kick and punch him on the face and body. He fell to the ground and they continued to kick him until a witness inside the store came out and broke up the fight. He had no idea who the males were and said they left in a small, light colored vehicle, possibly a Honda Civic style vehicle. 
 
Deputies on scene said this assault resembled the "knockout game" that is happening across the country. Young male teens video tape themselves randomly assaulting men, women and children for no reason whatsoever.
 
Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for anyone providing information leading to an arrest in this incident. Persons with information should call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-800-222-TIPS, or should forward the tip via the Internet website www.crimestoppersinlandnorthwest.org.  Tipsters do not have to give their name to collect the cash reward. 
 
Crime Stoppers of the Inland Northwest is a civilian organization that promotes public safety by paying cash rewards for information that solves crimes.  It is not affiliated with law enforcement.


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