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RPD seeks Knockout Game victim

Rochester, N.Y. --- Rochester Police Investigators are looking to identify the apparent victim of a videotaped attack that resembles a nationwide crime trend known as the Knockout Game.

The video surfaced on social media in recent days and depicts a seemingly unsuspecting victim getting punched twice from behind by one suspect.  The victim falls to the ground on their back and is punched once more by the attacker who appears to aim at the head or face.

The person shooting the video many feet away can be heard laughing while the attack unfolds.

The video was shot at the intersection of Bloss and Backus Streets in Rochester, a short walk from Thomas Jefferson High School and the Edgerton Community Center.

"If anybody knows who the victim is and can give us a name, somebody we can follow-up with, we will follow-up and we will hold them accountable based on the evidence at hand, said Rochester Police Chief James Sheppard.  "So many people have seen this video and forwarded it to the Rochester Police Department and begged us to do something because I think people viewing it are appalled, I think the behavior is totally unacceptable.

The Knockout Game craze has swept the country and resulted in documented attacks captured on security cameras or, as in this apparent case, on cell phone video by an accomplice.

In Syracuse this year, two mens deaths have been blamed on teens who were reportedly involved in a Knockout Game type of attack. 

"Over the last two or three months it's out there hot and heavy, relative to media attention and it appears in some instances people are copycatting that behavior, noted Chief Sheppard.  We've had incidents where people have been robbed and that's the tactic that's been used, where somebody will just walk up and punch somebody in the face and knock them out and go through their pockets, but I don't think it was part of this phenomenon.

Chief Sheppard said his officers have not yet spoken to the owner of the Facebook account that this video was posted on. He said he would not detail where his officers were in their ongoing investigation.

If you can help Rochester Police identify the apparent victim or provide information helpful to the investigation you are asked to call 9-1-1 or CrimeStoppers at 585-423-9300.

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