A Hasidic man in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is the latest victim of the apparent “knockout game” that has left numerous people injured across the country. The 26-year-old man was punched by a woman while walking down the street just before 11 p.m. on Sunday night.
The victim, Eli Leidner, laid on the ground hurt while the woman who punched him laughed at him.
“I believe it's a knockout,” said Leidner of the attack. “Two people came at me and the woman hit the front of my face like this. They just laughed afterwards and ran away, they didn't say any words.”
While it’s not confirmed that this alleged game is specifically targeting Jewish people, New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind pointed out that there is a noted trend.
“It seems clear that overwhelmingly here in New York the victims have been Jewish, there’s no question about that,” Hikind told WCBS. “You have New Yorkers who are afraid to walk the streets, afraid to let their kids walk the in streets because you don’t know who the next victim is going to be. What kind of human being would just walk over to somebody and punch them, and that excites them. 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.”
So far, including Leidner, there have been 10 victims of the “knockout game” in New York as well as victims in other states.