A 24-year-old man allegedly punched another man in the nose in a possible “knockout” attack in lower Manhattan on Wednesday. He was detained minutes later, authorities said.
Laval Woods, from Harlem, is charged with felony assault for allegedly sneaking up behind the 74-year-old victim and hitting him in the nose. A bystander saved the victim from landing on the ground, witness Misha Erwitt told the New York Daily News.
The unidentified victim was taken to Columbia Presbyterian Downtown Hospital. His current condition has not been made public.
Videos from cities around the country have captured people participating in a so-called game where they punch and beat strangers at random.
All but one case so far has been handled on a state or local level.
Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, filmed himself punching an elderly black man in the Nov. 24 attack in Texas. He was charged with a hate crime by federal authorities, denied bail and could face 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if found guilty for punching the 79-year-old victim.
Random attacks have also backfired on certain people. A woman turned on her attacker after being punched in the face in a Las Vegas incident. She repeatedly punched him and even received help in beating up the attacker from her boyfriend.
Sources: New York Daily News, CBS News