A reader reports Sunday evening:
“Yesterday evening I received a call from a friend asking me if I could come to her family’s restaurant and check out her uncle (I am in the medical field). I went over there and found out that her uncle, who is visiting here on vacation from Vietnam, was walking around 7pm on Hiatt Place (between Park rd and Irving St). He was approached by 4 young African American males and out of nowhere was knocked out by a punch to the face. He was further injured by hitting the concrete. Someone called 911 when they saw an unconscious man on the street. Before the police arrived he woke up after being unconscious for an unknown amount of time. He had a period of amnesia while walking around afterwards and was found near the restaurant. The only thing taken from him was an old phone (his money and wallet were not taken).
The assumption is this was a case of young men playing the “knockout game”. The victim did not know the men and had not spoken to them, The police filed a report and I personally drove him to the hospital to get a head CT for a possible epidural hematoma. When we arrived at the hospital we called his cell phone and a young man actually answered the phone. After I asked who he was a couple of times the man hung up. This random attack on a middle aged non-English speaking man is shocking and could easily have killed him.
Now just one hour ago I was told another man (this time Hispanic) was knocked out the exact same way. Apparently there is a huge pool of blood there right now. This is the exact same location, same time of day on successive days, and both victims were foreign. And this appears to me the knock out game that was all over the news last year.”