Police officials on Monday are reporting that a group of teenagers is going around Richmond streets, assaulting individuals, knocking them to the ground and stealing whatever they want from their victims.
Much like the "Knockout" game, as it is called, that has spread across the country, the victim is always a lone individual being assaulted by a group of young teenagers, who quite literally knock their victim out, sometimes killing them person in the process.
Richmond Police Det. W. Cutshall said, in talking about the current crime spree in Richmond, “It’s two to three, sometimes four male juveniles knocking pedestrians or bicyclists to the ground. When they knock them to the ground, they begin punching them and kicking them and taking whatever they have in their possession.”
The incidents have so far, been confined to an area in the Randolph neighborhood around S. Allen Ave. , Idlewood Ave. and Kemper St. Two incidents occurred in October of this year, and two were reported last week.
Cutshall said the attacks have grown more serious recently, and in some instances victims have been knocked unconscious or lost teeth in the attack. Cutshall described the suspects, saying:
“The suspects are pretty much the same description, they are described usually as black males between the ages of 14 and 16. They are 5′ 8″, thin and usually have short hair. Every one of the victims so far has been a white male, approximately 18 – 21 years of age.”
Cutshall, when asked if the assaults were the same as the knockout crimes being seen in New York and other cities, said there were similarities and differences, mainly in the stealing of items from the victims.
“I understand the knockout game is more of an assault. They don’t even seem to take anything,” he said. “This is similar, but yet different. This is an assault with something being taken. That seems to be the difference.”
The same or different, the bottom line is this, the city is now seeing unnecessary and violent assaults on citizens by teenagers who think they are having fun at their victims expense. This has got to stop, and the suspects, when caught, need to be charged as adults for their crimes.