1 charged with hate crime after man, 24, punched

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City police say one man was arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime after a 24-year-old says he was punched in the face.

Police on Saturday are investigating whether it was part of a so-called "knockout" game. The object is to knock out an unsuspecting person with one punch. The man says he overheard a group talking about it before he was hit.

Police say the victim told them he was walking in Brooklyn around 2:45 a.m. Friday when he was struck once. He was not seriously injured.

A 28-year-old man was arrested on charges of assault as a hate crime because the victim is Jewish. Three others taken into custody were released.

Police are investigating similar recent incidents, including in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.


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