File pic. This booking photo released by the Harris County Sherrif's Office shows Conrad Barrett after he was arrested for DWI in 2003. Barrett, now 27, was arrested Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, on federal hate crimes charges for allegedly shooting video of himself sucker-punching a 79-year-old black man in a "knockout game"-style attack
HOUSTON, TX -- A white Houston-area man accused of sucker punching an elderly black man has been indicted on a federal hate crime charge.
A federal grand jury in Houston indicted 27-year-old Conrad Alvin Barrett on Thursday.
Investigators say Barrett slugged the 79-year-old victim, breaking his jaw in two places, in a Nov. 24 attack in Katy. They say he laughed and shouted "knockout" as the man fell to the ground.
Investigators say Barrett video recorded the attack on his cellphone and shared the recording.
Barrett was arrested Dec. 26 and remains in custody.
Defense attorney George Parnham says an arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 30 at which time Barrett will plead not guilty.
Parnham says Barrett has a bipolar disorder and was off his medication when the attack happened.
NEW ORLEANS -- Two men have been identified by police in connection with the beating of a French Quarter musician -- one man is in custody and the second man remains at large, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
According to police, shortly after 12 a.m. Monday, Reeshawn Arnold and Terrell Belvin beat Doug Potter in the 800 block of Conti Street.
"Reeshawn Arnold struck the victim," said a statement from NOPD, "and then both Reeshawn Arnold and Terrell Belvin beat the victim until he was unconscious after the verbal altercation."
According to his family, Potter was walking to his car off Bourbon Street down Conti when he was physically assaulted. The attack left Potter hospitalized and in an induced coma. Potter's family and friends believe he may have been a target of the "knockout" game.
After getting several tips through Crimestoppers and one other anonymous source, detectives identified the men as Reeshawn Arnold, 20, and Terrell Belvin, 30, police said.
Arnold was in custody at Central Lock-up on an unrelated charge, police said, and was rebooked for second-degree battery. Belvin is currently at large. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.