• Worcester police warn residents of 'knockout game'-style attacks


    WORCESTER, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Police are warning residents about three random attacks that took place throughout the city.

    The attacks, all taking place throughout the last month, were each described similarly. Each victim, all men, were approached by a man they did not know, and punched forcefully in the face or head in a blitz-style attack, police said.

    Two of the victims were 56 years old and required hospitalization, and the third was 23 years old and was not seriously injured.  

    Police believe the attacks, that took place in the 700 block of Main Street, the area of 87 Millbury Street and on Chatham near Main Street, are part of a so-called "knockout game," where assailants, usually young men, attack an unsuspecting stranger with the goal of knocking that person out with a single punch, police said.

    Residents are warned to be aware of their surroundings when walking alone or approached by an unknown person. Police do not know whether all three attacks were carried out by the same person or different people, and did not give a description of the suspect or suspects.

    Billy Breault, a community activist and chair of the Main South Alliance for Public Safety, said that he hasn't seen these types of attacks in the area before, and that he hopes whoever is  responsible for the assaults will soon be caught by police.

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