Sheriff Page watching surveillance of the "knockout game."
Video catches teenagers playing the "knockout game."
REIDSVILLE, NC-- Rockingham County Sheriff Page said he'll arrest anyone who tries the "knockout game", the latest fad among teenagers.
It's called the knockout game. That's when teenagers randomly attack an unsuspecting stranger who is walking by and hit them so hard that the victim is knocked to the ground.
In many cases, the teenager will knock someone from behind when they have no chance of avoiding it. In one hard sucker punch, the goal is to knock the person to the ground.
Reports of the vicious and senseless game have popped up all over the country.
New York police already arrested one suspect and charged him with assault as a hate crime because the victim was Jewish. The man told police he was hit in the face while he was walking in Brooklyn.
Police in Syracuse say it happened to a 51-year-old man at a market there. That victim died from the fall. Two teenagers are under arrest for his death.
WFMY News 2 asked several agencies in the Triad if they've heard of the game. Burlington, Greensboro, and High Point police departments said they haven't had any reports of the game.
Rockingham County Sheriff am Page told WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford that although they haven't had reports, he has heard about the game.
Page believes that teenagers learn about these kinds of fads on social media. That's how they gain traction. Surveillance has caught several instances of the game.
Sheriff Page said it's a serious assault crime, not a game. He will arrest anyone who tries it.
WFMY News 2