Northside assault may be related to dangerous new trend

NORTHSIDE, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Police believe that an assault in Northside may be related to a dangerous new trend known as the "knockout game."

Officers were called to the 4100 block of Langland Street around 8:40 p.m. on Friday night.

Officers say that a victim was randomly punched in the head as he walked out of a bar. The victim was knocked to the ground.

The victim refused to go to the hospital. However, officers say the victim had noticeable facial injury.

Authorities say that no useful descriptions of the suspects involved were given following the assault.

Police believe that the assault may be part of a dangerous new trend.

According to MSA Security, authorities across the nation are investigating the recent spike in random attacks attributed to a game known as the "knockout game."

MSA states that in the game, unsuspecting victims are struck in an attempt to render them unconscious while their friends often record the attack. The "game" (actually a felony in most jurisdictions) is played by groups of teenage boys, in an attempt to impress their friends. Posting attacks on social media is believed to spur other groups to conduct similar violence.

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