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Texas Man Charged With Federal Hate Crime After Assaulting African-American Man in ‘Knock-Out’ Game

| by Courtney Nunes

A man in Katy, Texas, has been charged with a federal hate crime after assaulting an elderly African-American man. Investigators have determined that the attack was racially motivated.

The “knock-out game” involves an attacker attempting to “knock out” an unsuspecting victim with a single punch.

Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, had reportedly been trying to work up the nerve to play the “game ” for about a week before the attack.

Barrett (pictured) is white, a federal law enforcement official told CNN. According to investigators, he chose the elderly Black man as his target for a very specific reason.

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“The plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?” Barrett said in a cell phone video. Barrett reportedly shared this video with an off-duty police officer after the attack, adding that he felt guilty for what had happened.

“The complaint alleges Barrett made several videos, one in which he identifies himself and another in which he makes a racial slur,” said the U.S. Justice Department.

Barrett added that he would never harm “defenseless people.”

According to CNN, Barrett was charged with one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

The victim reportedly suffered two jaw fractures, notes ABC News. He was hospitalized for several days as a result of the attack.

As of Thursday morning, the elderly man’s face was swollen on one side, and he has had to suck out of a straw in order to drink, the victim’s nephew, Joseph Lewis, told CNN.

If convicted, Barrett will face a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000, according to ABC News.

Sources: CNN, ABC News