Long Island man Kyle Rodgers was bar hopping over the weekend when he potentially became the latest victim of the “Knockout” game.
The 23-year-old had just left the Sweet & Vicious bar on Spring St. and was headed to another in the East Village when someone attacked him from behind.
Rodgers was attacked at 2:25 a.m. on Sunday morning. The attacker, who knocked Rodgers unconscious, was caught on camera.
After knocking Rodgers to the ground, the attacker casually walked away.
Rodgers woke up in Bellevue Hospital where he was treated for his injuries, including a broken jaw.
“It’s just really bad,” Mike Rodgers, Kyle’s father, said “It’s cowardly more than anything.”
Police reported that the two men had no contact prior to the attack, and would not confirm whether or not the attack was part of the "Knockout" game.
Two men were sentenced to jail after brutally beating and severely injuring a San Francisco Giants fan outside of the Los Angeles Dodgers stadium nearly three years ago.
45-year-old Giants fan Bryan Stow was left with devastating, lifelong injuries that will require him round-the-clock care for the rest of his life. Stow, a paramedic and father of two, was attending a game at the Dodgers stadium when Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, both Dodgers fans, chased Stow down, sucker punched him, and brutally beat him until he was unconscious.
"The sport of baseball pales compared to this action," said Stow’s father David during court proceedings. “What you both did in the evening in the dark at Dodger Stadium was cowardly. We hold no hate against you, but we despise you. Bryan has a lifetime of pain, therapy and hard work daily that he must endure. He will strive to persevere.”
Sanchez, 31, has been sentenced to eight years in prison while Norwood, 33, has been sentenced to four. Superior Court Judge George Lomeli scolded the two men, who were seemingly unremorseful for their actions.
"You are the biggest nightmare for individuals who attend public events,” said Judge Lomeli.
Shortly after their arrest in 2011, Sanchez and Norwood were secretly recorded having a conversation about the incident in a cell at prison.
"It's all my fault," said Sanchez.
"I'm gonna fry regardless, bro," Norwood responded. "They pretty much got it. They got it, bro. I don't get how...we are the bad guys because something misfortunate happened to, you know, their side."
The Stow family says they are currently pursuing a civil suit against the Los Angeles Dodgers for provided little security at the stadium.
A sophomore at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts was arrested and charged after sucker punching three other random students in the face last week.
19-year-old Dillon Destefano, a New Jersey native, reportedly perpetrated the random attacks with two other friends by his side. Two of the victims of the attacks were severely injured and actually required surgery.
“It was three assaults within an hour and he didn’t even know them, the students,” said Endicott College president Richard Wylie. “It was just a random act of violence.”
Destefano was apprehended not long after the attacks happened after students reported that he was bragging around campus. The two friends that were with Destefano turned themselves into police, and a short time later, Destefano was apprehended.
Some reports are saying that the random attacks were a part of the “knockout game,” but that hasn’t been confirmed. The two students that were with Destefano at the time of the attacks were not charged with any crime, but were suspended from school.
A 66-year-old New York man was awarded a generous payout after suing the IRS for a fall at their Long Island office nearly six years ago.
According to William Berroyer, back in 2008, he went to an IRS office in Hauppauge for an audit and to figure out a plan to pay the $60,000 that he owed them. While at the office, Berroyer claims he tripped over a telephone wire and severely injured himself.
“I really can’t say whether I hit it with my shoulder, hand or elbow, but I broke my fall on the cabinet,” said Berroyer in his testimony.
Berroyer says that following the fall, his entire life changed. He claims that since the incident, he has been unable to enjoy his life and do normal things like golf or have regular sex with his wife. He apparently spent the 17 days following the 2008 fall in hospitals and rehab centers trying to recover.
‘I was frightened,” said Berroyer in court. “I had gone from everything to nothing, and I was frightened.”
The IRS was aware that the fall happened but said that Berroyer was exaggerating his injuries. They even went so far as to send a surveillance crew to his home to back up their claims.
Still, the judge partially sided with Berroyer, and now, he will be awarded $862,000 as a payout for the incident. He initially sued for $10 million because of claims that he was wheelchair-bound since the injury, but the judge didn’t buy that part.
A 12-year-old boy in China may never see properly again after his teacher ordered classmates to slap him 40 times for not doing his homework.
“After being slapped, the teacher then made me do push-ups and did not allow me to eat lunch,” said the unnamed boy. The teacher allegedly told the students that whoever made the loudest slap would win a prize.
The boy claims that later on in the day, he realized that he was having difficult seeing out of his left eye.
The boy was forced to undergo surgery to repair the damage done by the slapping, and the boy’s mother says her son’s eye may never work correctly again.
“I didn’t know the damage was so severe,” said the mother. “The doctor had told me my child’s eye might not be cured.”
Reports claim that the teacher, “insisted that the punishment helps pupils progress in class,” but it’s clear that this punishment did irreparable damage.
The school reportedly compensated the family 30,000 Yuan, which is close to $5,000, and the money has already been spent on the operation.
A burglar in Tiverton, Rhode Island made a series of bad decisions while trying to rob a home recently.
According to reports, 21-year-old Brandon Dunham of Fall River, Massachusetts attempted to rob a Tiverton home but wound up coming face to face with the homeowner instead.
It didn't end well for him.
“He was found by the homeowner, a 48-year-old man,” said police Captain Patrick Jones. “The homeowner told us he came in and found Dunham going through his upstairs rooms. The front window was smashed and there was glass on the floor and on the front porch. It appears he went in through the front window. “
After the homeowner discovered Dunham burglarizing his home, he immediately confronted him.
“The suspect lunged at the homeowner,” said Jones. “The homeowner was able to subdue him.”
Dunham was held by the homeowner long enough for police to arrive at the scene and arrest him. Authorities say that when they arrived, Dunham was bleeding and had cuts and bruises on him. He was taken to the local hospital for treatment before being arrested.
Statistics show that Rhode Island sees an average of just below 6,000 burglaries a year.
A man who sued the Washington Metro after sustaining injuries from slipping on a banana peel in an elevator at a train station is now being charged with second-degree fraud thanks to surveillance footage of him planting the peel.
42-year-old Maurice Owens is clearly shown on camera walking into the empty elevator, reaching into his pocket, and then looking up at the security camera with a worried look on his face. As he waits for the elevator to open, the banana peel is suddenly on the ground by the doors, and while the video doesn’t show Owens dropping the peel on the ground, it is clear that the peel was not there when he walked in.
The end of the video shows the doors opening and Owens slipping on the peel as he exits the elevator. He immediately gets up, but according to reports, he was taken to Howard University Hospital for treatment of his supposed injuries. Just two weeks after the incident, Owens filed a lawsuit against Washington Metro for $15,000.
Now, a judge has thrown out his lawsuit after watching the surveillance video, and Owens is being charged with second-degree fraud. Washington Metro says that the investment in the cameras was obviously well worth it and it is “protecting fare-paying riders and the region's taxpayers from fraudulent claims.”
Watch the incriminating surveillance video below.
A crash involving a state trooper in Cincinnati this week was a close call, according to authorities.
The incident took place after Trooper Brad Hess pulled a car over for a routine traffic stop and smelled marijuana in the vehicle. According to the report, the passenger in the car got out to allow Trooper Hess to go in and search the car. As soon as the officer got into the vehicle, the driver hit the gas and took off.
The driver didn’t get very far when the car veered off the side of the road, hit two trees, and overturned.
Trooper Hess was trapped under the car and injured, and the driver immediately got away on foot.
Hess was taken to the hospital to be treated for leg pain and minor cuts, and was thankfully later released. Authorities took to the streets with K9 units to find the suspect, but as of today, he still remains at large. Luckily, they were able to identify him as 22-year-old Dimitri Harvill.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Kevin Long told WLWT News that when he got word that Hess was injured, he knew something bad happened.
"Whenever you hear that you have an officer that is injured in the line of duty and you don't know how severe they are injured, it alarms you and it scares you,” said Lt. Long.
Authorities say that Hess is lucky that it wasn’t much worse, as the car was completely overturned. They are still searching for Harvill.
An Idaho family is suing a football helmet maker and their son’s school district after he suffered a traumatic brain injury during a football game.
The lawsuit names West Bonner County School District and the helmet maker Riddell.
The suit claims that Bobby Clark was injured in late September during a game for the Priest River Lamanna High School Spartans. It alleges that Riddell built a defective helmet that failed to protect Clark.
Four other players have also alleged that they suffered from repeated blows to the head wearing Riddell helmets.
Additionally, the suit states that Clark was briefly removed from the game, then put back in by unidentified coaches.
After two plays as lineman, Clark collapsed.
The high school football player was flown to Providence Scared Heart Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery. He was also placed on life support.
Clark suffered a “permanent and irreversible” disability for which he must now walk with a cane, according to the lawsuit.
A second football game was organized at another school to raise funds for Clark. In a video of the game, the crowd can be heard chanting: “We love Bobby.”
The suit seeks $10,000 in damages and medical costs, lost learning ability and mental suffering.
Fans at the Grand Prix of Houston were injured after three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti crashed his car during the race this weekend.
Franchitti was on his last lap of the race when his car flew through the air and into a fence. Debris from the car went into the crowd and injured 13 people, while Franchitti fractured two vertebrae, broke his right angle, and sustained a concussion following the impact. Franchitti went to the hospital and is now recovering from his injuries. Two of the injured spectators went to the hospital as well, while the remaining 11 were treated on site.
“He’s talking. His ankle is a little sore,” said team owner Chip Ganassi. “His back is a little sore. He’s going to take a trip to the hospital, but he is okay.”
“I just saw Dario's car and him sitting in it with a lot of damage, and yes, that's what it reminded me of," said Power. "I hate seeing that. We try to keep these cars on the ground."
You can see full video of the crash below.