It’s not just men who are attacking innocent people in “knockout” games, which involve trying to knockout unsuspecting victims with a single punch. A Hasidic man in NYC was the latest Jewish victim of the growing trend last weekend, but his attacker was an unidentified woman. 26-year-old Eli Leidner told the New York Daily News that “two people came at me and the woman hit the front of my face. They just laughed afterwards and ran away. They didn’t say any words.”
Leidner believed he was a victim of a knockout game, but the NYPD would not confirm or deny whether the attack was in fact part of a game. He became the 10th Jewish person in NYC to be punched out over the last few months, but New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind wouldn’t directly state that Jews specifically were being attacked. However, he made it clear that the knockout games were a major problem in the city.
“What kind of human being would just walk over to somebody and punch them? And that excites them?” he asked. “I walk the streets with my wife. I find myself looking in front of me, in back of me. You know, who’s the person?”
That same weekend in Brooklyn, a 76-year-old woman suffered head injuries after being punched by a unidentified black male. She was taken to a local hospital and eventually released, but the attacker fled the scene on foot. New York City Councilman David Greenfield said an investigation and search has begun for the attacker and promised justice when he is caught.