“Knockout” game in Fort Bend injures elderly man
By LeaAnne Klentzman
As 2013 wound to a close police in a northern Fort Bend County town learned of a “Knockout” that severely injured an elderly Katy man.
“Knockout” is the name given to the attacks that have been occurring across the country and posted to the internet. Reportedly, it is a game called “Knockout” and is described as approaching an unsuspecting person on the street and hitting them so hard they are knocked out.
Such is the incident that occurred in Katy,Texas back on November 24, 2013. According to police, the “Knockout” target was a 79 year old man walking down a rural street.
Reportedly he was approached by a younger man who got out of his vehicle walked up to him, greeted him, then hit him knocking him to the ground causing severe head injuries.
The victim needed medical treatment but did not contact police. Days later, at a restaurant in a nearby town, the crime was discovered when Conrad Barrett bragged to an off duty peace officer and showed him the video relating to the “Knockout” on his cellphone; that night the phone and video were seized by police and as evidence of a crime.
The case was referred to Katy Police as the crime took place in their jurisdiction, then it was forwarded to federal authorities where charges of a HATE crime were filed against Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, of Katy who was arrested December 26, 2013.
Barrett has remained in federal custody since his arrest. Barrett is being represented by Houston attorney George Parnham who said that Barrett is very sorry for the victim and that he (Barrett) has a history of mental health related issues.
The “Knockout” game is not unique to this incident and has been spreading across the country. As far back as 1992, charges for “Knockout” assaults have been filed in jurisdictions in Illinois, Missouri, Washington and New York.
Conrad Barrett and his family have been long time residents of north Fort Bend County.
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