Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, of Katy, Texas has been charged with a federal hate crime in connection to a racially motivated assault on a 79-year-old African-American male and recent victim of the heinous “knockout” game.
The criminal complaint against Barrett was unsealed on Dec. 26 following his arrest, according to the FBI.
Barrett was charged in the complaint with one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
According to the complaint, on November 24, 2013, Barrett attacked the elderly man because of the man’s race and color in what Barrett called a “knockout.”
According to court papers, Barrett allegedly recorded his assault of the elderly man on his personal cellphone, and showed the video of the attack to others. Barrett actually produced several homemade cellphone videos wherein he used racial slurs and identified himself.
In addition, Barrett had allegedly been working up the “courage” to play the knockout game for approximately a week.
Barrett, a white male, can be heard commenting on one of his videos that “the plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”
The complaint against Barrett says that the suspect would never strike “defenseless people” but that moments later he punched his elderly victim in the face - whereupon the man “immediately fell to the ground.”
Barrett then laughed and said “knockout” as he ran to his vehicle and fled, according to allegations.
The 79-year-old knockout victim had to be hospitalized for several days as a result of his injuries, which included two fractured jaw bones.
Special Agent in Charge Stephen L. Morris of the FBI stated:
“It is unimaginable in this day and age that one could be drawn to violently attack another based on the color of their skin.”
“We remind all citizens we are protected under the law from such racially motivated attacks and encourage everyone to report such crimes to the FBI.”
The “knockout game” has become increasingly prevalent in our society lately, although incidents of this nature can be traced back to as early as 1992.
Just recently, Marajh Amrit was charged with a hate crime in his alleged attack on a white Jewish male who also became an unwitting victim in the "knockout" game craze, with similar incidents occurring throughout the U.S., according to CNN.
On Christmas Day, the NYPD was searching for a man who allegedly punched a 33-year-old Brooklyn woman in the back of the head, in another suspected knockout game assault.
If convicted of his federal hate crime charge, Conrad Barrett faces a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison plus a $250,000 fine.
For more on the very troubling “knockout game” phenomenon, see the video accompanying this article.
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