'knockout' attacks

Guardian Angels Patrolling Williamsburg After Latest 'Knockout' Attack

12/01/2013 - 19:00

The Guardian Angels volunteer patrol has taken to the streets of Williamsburg following a report Sunday night that a chasidic man was punched in the face, the latest in a series of attacks suspected to be part of a "knockout game."

An elderly woman was also reportedly attacked in East New York over the weekend.

Attacks around New York and in other parts of the country have involved young men punching strangers on the street in an attempt to knock them unconscious. Previous attacks happened in Crown Heights and Borough Park.

Knockout Comes To Crown Heights

Nerves frayed with wave of anti-chasidic violence.

11/25/2013 - 19:00
Associate Editor

In recent weeks, an opaque two-line prayer began to jump out from the siddur at Crown Heights chasidim: “Al tirah,” “Don’t be afraid of sudden terror when it comes,” for come it will.

Crown Heights has fallen victim to the national 'knockout' phenomenon of random street violence. Michael Datikash

‘Knockout’ Attacks A Concern

Meeting this week with Jewish leaders, pols and police about urban crime trend; police promise increased presence.

11/19/2013 - 19:00
Associate Editor

A new form of urban terror — the “knockout game,” in which one teen in a roving gang suddenly lunges at an unsuspecting pedestrian, often knocking the victim unconscious with a single punch to the face — has come to Crown Heights. The trend mimics such attacks elsewhere in the country.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind said police should arrest, not just educate, youth who perpetrate street attacks. Getty Images
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