Rochester Police investigating "knockout game" video

Updated: 12/19/2013 1:45 PM
Created: 12/17/2013 3:29 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

Rochester Police say they're investigating a case of that so-called “knockout game” in Rochester. 

The game has been happening all over the country. It involves people attacking unsuspected strangers, trying to knock them out with one punch.

A video showed up on Facebook and it appears to show an attack like that. Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard talked about the video Tuesday. The chief says the video that police watched appears to be a knockout game. He says it is definitely a crime. The video goes for just 10 seconds. The attack happens off in the distance. 

The video shows a person walking up on a sidewalk and when the victim in a blue jacket starts to cross the street. The person jumps them from behind and knocks them down. The video appears to show the attacker punching the victim when the victim is on the ground.

Police say the attack happened recently at the corner of Bloss and Backus Streets, just a block from the old Jefferson High School. This year, it is the temporary home of School No. 5, which is grades kindergarten through sixth. 

Chief James Sheppard said, “I think it's a shame that we're at that point. I know that around the country, the last couple of months, this “knockout game” has been highly promoted, I guess is the term I'll use.  So many people are out there copycatting and that's why we're seeing the problems we're seeing.”

The chief says they need the victim to come forward or someone to let them know who the victim is. No one has been arrested. 


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