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Four Arrested over Crown Heights ‘Knockout’ Attacks

Police have arrested four minors in connection with a string of alleged “knockout” attacks in Crown Heights, the 71st Precinct’s new commanding officer George Fitzgibbon announced.

A 14-year-old girl and three other children, aged 10 and 11, were arrested in connection with three assaults that took place between October and November.

The victims included an 11-year-old boy who was punched on President Street, a student who was hit with a rock while walking home from Darchei Menachem and a youngster who was “mushed” in the face with a plastic bag near Beis Rivkah on Lefferts Ave.

From DNA Info:

“Kids are kids — when you’re talking 10 and 11 year olds getting involved in these type of things, sometimes they don’t realize the magnitude of what they’re doing,” Fitzgibbon said.

While the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force worked on the investigation as well, police determined that the attacks were not motivated by bias.

“Every time one of these incidents did occur, nothing was ever said with regard to any kind of bias, so to speak,” Fitzgibbon said of the three attacks, which occurred in October and November.

“The only commonality is that basically all the victims were Jewish.”

Police made the arrests after zeroing in on the neighborhood’s middle-schoolers, who were both the victims and the suspects of several of the attacks.

“The knockouts that we were experiencing seemed a lot towards youngsters,” Fitzgibbon said. ”My school team did a lot of work uncovering information, and the Hate Crimes team did a lot of good work following up on that information.

“When people saw we were able to actually solve one of these incidents, word gets around to the local schools and to the kids that might be involved or haven’t been caught.”

It was not immediately clear if the three incidents were part of the so-called “knockout game,” in which teens sucker-punch strangers in an attempt to knock them out, then flee without taking anything from them.

The youths were charged with assault, endangerment and criminal mischief, Fitzgibbon said.

The names of the youths who were arrested were withheld by police because of their ages. The 14-year-old girl is being processed through the Family Court system, but updates on her case and the cases against the other three children was not immediately available.

Police are still investigating several other potential knockout incidents involving older victims.

12 Comments

    • 2. G.A. wrote:

      When the next president is white which they will be. Can you tell me what you are going to come up with?

    • 3. Milhouse wrote:

      You know very well that it has nothing to do with the President’s race, and everything to do with his having explicitly said that if he had a son he might have turned out like that thug Trayvon Martin.

    • 4. K wrote:

      Are you trolling or simply having a day of shtus? Do these thugs follow the words of Obama like l’havdil a chosid follows his Rebbe?

      Are they doing knockout as a “mivtzah” or for hiskashrus?

      NO No NO, these are simply thugs, not political activitst!

      To say that this has “everything to do with” what Obama said is the greatest shtus and to mislead the public with that statement is simply a rishus.

  • 6. NYPD covering up. wrote:

    Police determined that the attacks were not motivated by bias,

    “The only commonality is that basically all the victims were Jewish.”

    Do they think that we are STUPID???

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    • 7. Milhouse wrote:

      That doesn’t necessarily mean it was motivated by racism; maybe they just figured Jewish kids are easier targets. Maybe they’re afraid that if they hit a black kid he’d come back at them with a knife or a gun, so they play it safe.

    • 8. Not so wrote:

      There are weak African American children too, they aren’t all thugs.
      But no, the only targets here were Jewish.

    • 9. K wrote:

      Wouldn’t it be discriminatory and therefore a civil rights violation and a hate crime if they would be “playing it safe” by attacking people with disabilities? Once again, posting shtusim so often is maybe a sign of dementia.

  • 10. declasse' intelelctual wrote:

    the4 big question is what punishment and corrective action the liberals will take??????????????????????

    Reply
  • 12. Answer wrote:

    Give these kids community service! In juve hall these kids will only learn more hate! Have them learn that all jews are not stuck up weak rich bigots like they think we are.

    Reply

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