The brutal attack was caught on surveillance video, although the perpetrator is still at large, which is why cops have recently released the footage.
The veteran, 52, was outside the transit depot in La Mesa, California, and was navigating down the street on a scooter when he was sucker-punched by a teenaged aggressor who ran up to him from behind. The suspect then punched and kicked the fallen man before fleeing the area.
The victim, who was not identified, received treatment for non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital and apparently survived the ordeal okay.
“The victim had just exited a trolley about 8 p.m…. when the assailant jumped him, punching him until he fell to the ground and then kicking him in the head, according to police… By the time officers arrived, the attacker had fled, Lt. Angela DeSarro said. Police do not know why the victim was targeted,” CBS8.com in San Diego reported.
The knockout game is a disgusting trend — which some claim to merely be an urban myth — involving one or more teenagers targeting unsuspecting, random strangers with an aim of decking them with one punch. The incidents have taken place across the country, but seemed to have more currency on social media through viral videos in 2014 rather than this year. Many of the reported attacks appear to have a racial component.
One user left the following comment on the CBS8 website. “I personally know that 52-year-old man… His name is Frank. He has suffered a brain injury a few years ago. He has memory loss. He rides a scooter because he no longer can drive.”
Authorities are asking anyone with information about attack on the Navy veteran which occurred in mid June to contact the San Diego County crime stoppers organization, with the possibility of a reward.
“The rules of the game are as simple as they are brutal. A group — usually young men or even boys as young as 12, and teenage girls in some cases — chooses a lead attacker, then seeks out a victim. Unlike typical gang violence or other street crime, the goal is not revenge, nor is it robbery. The victim is chosen at random, often a person unlikely to put up a fight. Many of the victims have been elderly. Most were alone,” the Associated Press explained in a December 2011, article about the knockout game.
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