'Knockout Game' Arrests in Philadelphia and NYC

Police in cities across the nation are grappling with the sometimes deadly so-called game. 

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Several people have been arrested in New York City and Philadelphia in connection with the "knockout game."

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Police have arrested a 15-year-old suspect and are searching for a second youth in connection with a “knockout” attack in Northeast Philadelphia earlier this month, CBS Philly reports.

Officials say a 15-year-old male has been arrested, and they are searching for a second suspect for their roles in an attack outside a pizza shop on Nov. 11. The victim, Mark Cumberland, said that he was walking out of a pizza shop when he was attacked, the site reported Friday.

“Someone asked me for a cigarette and by the time I got my hands out my pocket, I was getting hit by four kids,” Cumberland told CBS Philly.

The 15-year-old, whose name has not been released because he is a juvenile, was charged with aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and related charges, reports show.

In New York City, the Rev. Al Sharpton denounced the game at National Action Network’s Saturday morning rally, according to a news release sent to The Root. On Friday, four men were arrested in connection to an assault in Brooklyn, N.Y., according to CBS 2.

About 2:45 a.m. Friday, investigators said a 24-year-old Jewish man was surrounded by four men and hit in the face on 18th Avenue in Brooklyn’s Borough Park neighborhood.

The victim told investigators he heard one of the attackers say, “I’ll do it to this guy,” right before he was surrounded and punched, sources told CBS 2. The suspects fled the scene, but they were apprehended a short while later.

Read more at CBS Philly and CBS 2.

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