Conrad A. Barrett, a 28-year-old Houston man, was charged with allegedly taking part in the “knockout game,” and he was charged with a hate crime.
Barrett, who is white, allegedly punched and broke the jaw of an elderly African American man, reported Click2Houston.
FBI agents arrested Barrett on Thursday morning for allegedly hitting the elderly man, who immediately dropped to the ground. Barrett then laughed and said “knockout” as he ran off, according to officials.
“Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,” United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson said in a statement about the matter. “Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law.”
In the “knockout game,” participants try to knock out random passersby with a single punch. There have been alleged incidents across the U.S., from San Diego to Brooklyn.