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Hate crime charges for Texas man who assaulted 79-year-old in 'knockout game'

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A Texas man has been arrested for “hate crimes” after investigators reviewed cell phone video, taken by the attacker, in which he records himself sucker punching an elderly black man in yet another incident of the so-called “knockout game.”

The Associated Press on Thursday reported that 27-year-old Conrad Alvin Barrett was arrested and appeared in a Houston courthouse to answer a charge of federal hate crimes.

On November 24, in Katy, Texas, Barrett allegedly approached his victim, and, after asking, “How's it going, man?” clocked the 79-year-old man, who fell to the ground. The victim’s jaw was broken in two places, requiring surgery. He also lost three teeth in the attack and was hospitalized for four days.

Video shows Barrett ran away laughing, authorities said.

After boasting of his stupidity at a local restaurant and bar in nearby Folshear, Barrett pulled out his phone and showed the video to a patron, who turned out to be an off-duty cop and arson investigator. The investigator in turn flagged down a uniformed officer across the street and Barrett was arrested.

A review of the other videos that Barrett had saved on his phone led to the charges to be expanded to a racially motivated hate crime.

Barrett, who is white, reportedly uses racist epithets and asserts in videos that black people “haven’t fully experienced the blessing of evolution,” and hypothetically asks, “The plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”

The devilish attacks have been trending nationwide this past year, with innocent strangers randomly punched in public while those who accost them quickly flee. The recent spate of such attacks, which are often videotaped, have led to continual reports and press coverage of what has been dubbed the “knockout game.”

In announcing the charges against Barrett, acting U.S. Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels said the U.S. Department of Justice will “ensure that hate crimes are identified and prosecuted, and that justice is done.”

If convicted, Barrett could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and fined up to $250,000.

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