Could "Knockout Game" be spreading to DC? - KMSP-TV

Could "Knockout Game" be spreading to DC?

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WASHINGTON, DC - Police say they are investigating the  two women punched in the head in Columbia Heights on Thursday and Friday as simple assaults. But the victims wonder if they were targets of the Knockout game.

It's a game being played by teens in some cities where groups of people attack innocent victims, with the intention of knocking them out with one sucker punch.

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The most recent assault in the District occurred Thursday night. Phoebe Connolly, in town from Vermont, was riding her bike up 11th Street NW near Cardozo High School. She encountered a group of several teens standing on their bikes in the street.

When she tried to ride by, one of them punched her in the nose. A friend told Connolly it sounded like the Knockout game. Connolly googled and discovered another woman had been a victim Thursday night on 14th Street in Columbia Heights.

Fox 5 spoke to that woman, who doesn't want to be identified. She says she's convinced it was the Knockout game, and that the assailants just aren't practiced enough to knock their victims out in one punch.

Connolly says police told her there had been several reports of similar assaults to hers on Friday night.

The public is being urged to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious people and behavior to police
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