Kansas City man may have been victim of 'knockout game' - KCTV5

Kansas City man may have been victim of notorious 'knockout game'

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The 41-year-old local victim was a volunteer at Hope City, a mission and food pantry at East 24th and Quincy streets. The 41-year-old local victim was a volunteer at Hope City, a mission and food pantry at East 24th and Quincy streets.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Two teens set out to videotape one of them sucker punching a man, and that man told police he was a victim of the notorious "knockout game."

The so-called "game" gained national attention last fall, after a series of attacks in several cities in which teens take cell phone video of someone punching a stranger at random.

The 41-year-old local victim was a volunteer at Hope City, a mission and food pantry at East 24th and Quincy streets.

He told police he was leaving the building at 12:26 p.m. Tuesday when he saw two teens approaching and heard one say, "there he goes right there."

He told police the attacker's accomplice was holding his cell phone like he was recording the attack.

Police say they're hesitant to attribute the attack to the "knockout game" because the victim did not appear to be chosen at random.

He told police he knew the 15-year-old attacker as a regular food pantry visitor, and he had previously confronted the teen about going into the kitchen without authorization.

Staff members said the same teen sucker-punched an older man in the same spot earlier that day.

Witnesses called police about the attack, but the victim left after getting hit and the witnesses didn't know who he was.

Some parts of the attack seem to fit the profile of the violent, criminal prank - using a cell phone to record an attack that seems to come out of the blue.

But police say teens are taking cell phone video of just about anything these days.

Authorities want to reach the second victim and question the attacker before labeling the two attacks as connected to the "knockout game."

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