“There were seven reported cases of street violence in New Haven this November that could be linked to the ‘knockout game,’ ” The Yale Daily News reported today, citing a Nov. 21 email from Yale Police Chief, Ronnell Higgins.
This alert follows a wave of “knockout” attacks around the country, in which assailants have targeted random individuals for assault.
The New Haven Police Department is also “preparing to arrest one individual in response to the Church Street ‘knockout’ incident that occurred on Nov. 17,” the paper reports.
In response to the police department’s warning, a Yale spokesperson downplayed the attacks, claiming the email was meant to be precautionary. And New Haven Police cannot say for certain whether the wave of recent attacks is related to the “knockout game.”