HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Some teens are behind brutal attacks and to them it's just a game. It started in a big cities like Washington D.C., but has moved into smaller towns in places such as North Carolina.
This is no laughing matter and Valley law enforcement is spreading the word, before it reaches our neighborhoods.
It's called the 'knock-out game'. Teens walk up to punch an innocent, unsuspecting person on the street, hoping to knock them unconscious with just one punch.
The game has been troubling New York City for years and is now spreading across the country.
Sergeant Jason Kidd, with Harrisonburg Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, said he hasn't heard of these heinous crimes in the area, but there are serious consequences.
"It has to do with the amount of injury inflicted, it could actually be a class two felony. But most of the time most of the cases could be a simple assault, or an assault and battery which is a class one misdemeanor. In Virginia that's punishable by up to 12 months in prison, and a 25 hundred dollar fine, either or both," said Sergeant Kidd.
Kidd says in Virginia a class two felony warrants life in prison.
In March, a 20-year-old in St. Louis was sentenced to life in prison after killing a man with one blow. In a similar case, a 13 and 14 year old are charged with murder after attacking and killing a random victim in New Jersey.
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