Two teens charged in Lower Merion ‘Knockout Game’ assault

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The two 19-year-olds are accused of orchestrating an attack on a man walking his dog.
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Two men have been charged with assaulting a 63-year-old man in Lower Merion Township late last month in what investigators believe was part of a so-called “Knockout Game.”

The assault happened Oct. 29 at Twin Oaks Drive and Rock Glen Drive in the township’s Wynnewood section.

Police have charged Samuel Hayles and Marcus January, both 19 and from the 1300 block of Kimberly Drive in Philadelphia, in the attack, 6ABC Action News reports. Hayles has been identified as the person who punched the victim in his mouth.

The victim was attacked for no apparent reason as he walked his dog. He told police one suspect ran past him and the other punched him, knocking him to the ground.

Investigators are trying to determine if the Lower Merion incident is connected to a similar incident in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia in September, when an elderly man was assaulted while cutting the lawn at his home near Haverford Road and Surrey Lane.

The Knockout Game involves sucker-punching an unsuspecting victim with the aim to knock him out. Dozens of cases have been reported across the country in recent months.



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