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Milwaukee Police issue warning about co-called knockout attacks


MADISON (WKOW) -- Police in Milwaukee are warning people to be alert after a man was assaulted in what could have been a knockout attack.

Police say the 53-year-old man was walking on the city's northwest side Monday night when four people approached him from behind. One person punched him, knocking him to the ground before the other three members of the group punched him several more times.

The man was taken to the hospital and one television station reported he suffered a broken nose and fractured bones in his face. He told the station he has no doubt he was the victim of a knockout attack.

Knockout attacks involve groups of youth who randomly target pedestrians with the intent of knocking them out with one punch. The assaults have gained national attention after high-profile attacks in several cities, including one in New Jersey that left a 46-year-old man dead.

Police say they have no person in custody in connection with the assault and the motive for the attack remains under investigation.

Police are asking pedestrians to be alert and aware of their surroundings at all times, adding that street criminals tend to go after inattentive pedestrians who are walking alone.


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