Thug charged with hate crime after he brutally attacked Orthodox Jewish man at random in ‘Knockout Game’
- Amrit Marajh, 28, of Brooklyn, was arrested on charges of assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime
- He is alleged to have punched Shmuel Perl, an Orthodox Jewish man, in the face
- Police are investigating if it was a so-called ‘Knockout Game’ assault, in which the object is to knock out an unsuspecting person with one punch
Daily Mail / UK
by David Mccormack
by Associated Press Reporter
November 25, 2013
New York City police have arrested a man on charges of assault as a hate crime after a 24-year-old Orthodox Jewish man was punched in the face.
Police are investigating whether it was part of a so-called ‘Knockout Game’ assault, in which the object is to knock out an unsuspecting person with one punch.
Amrit Marajh, 28, of Brooklyn, had just left a bar at around 2:45a.m. on Friday with three friends and was talking about boxing when the topic of the knockout game came up, police sources said.
His victim, Shmuel Perl, 24, has said that he overheard his alleged attackers daring each other to punch him out minutes before he was actually assaulted. Perl was stuck once, but wasn’t seriously injured.
Marajh was arrested on charges of assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime and released after posting $750 bail. His three friends were taken into custody, but released without charge.
Marajh’s lawyer has denied that the attack had anything to do with the brutal game, but New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly said there was no question that the game was the motive for the attack, reports ABC.
‘He makes a statement that he was punched in the side of the face,’ Kelly said. ‘He also makes a statement that just prior to it they were talking about the “Knockout Game”.’
Police are investigating similar recent incidents, including in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. At least two deaths have been linked to the attacks this year.
New York City police have deployed additional officers to city neighborhoods where at least seven attacks occurred in the past few weeks, including an assault on a 78-year-old woman.
Authorities and psychologists say the ‘Knockout Game’ assaults have been around for decades – or longer – and it’s played mostly by impulsive teenage boys looking to impress their friends.
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