Man reports ‘knockout game’ assault

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published December 20, 2013

WARREN — A 32-year-old Detroit man told police he was the victim of a “knockout game” assault while he waited for a bus at Van Dyke and Eight Mile Road at about 5 p.m. Dec. 14.

According to a police report, officers were dispatched to the intersection to investigate a possible strong-arm robbery and were met by the victim who detailed the assault by an unknown male suspect, described as black and 15 or 16 years old.

“The guy’s waiting for a bus. He gets tapped on the shoulder and a black male punched him in the head,” Warren Police Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said. “He turns around and he (the suspect) starts punching him in the mouth.”

The victim was left with a minor cut on his lip and reportedly declined medical treatment. The man said he struck the suspect in the face and caused an unknown injury that left the suspect bleeding.

The responding officer also noted that Detroit police reported a similar incident along Eight Mile at about 3:30 p.m. involving a suspect who matched the description of the teen described in the alleged assault in Warren. The victim in the Detroit case declined to file a report and was described as uncooperative.

Witnesses at the bus stop in Warren reportedly told police the suspect fled on foot north along Van Dyke and then east on Jackson. Another witness said he was allegedly assaulted by the same suspect three days earlier, and that the suspect was playing what has been described nationally as a “knockout game.”

According to various reports, the “game” typically involves an assailant striking an unsuspecting person in the face with the intent of forcing them to lose consciousness.

Mills said there had been no other reports of similar assaults in Warren. The witness to the assault at Eight Mile and Van Dyke told police he did not report the incident that allegedly took place three days before.

The witness added that the suspect was wearing a dark gray shirt under a dark or black hooded sweatshirt with two wide white stripes running down each arm.

Anyone with information about the assault or similar incidents can reach Warren detectives at (586) 574-4810.