Woman Punched in Los Gatos May Be Related to "Knockout Game"

By NBC Bay Area staff
|  Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014  |  Updated 3:43 PM PDT
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Police are investigating whether an incident involving a man punching a woman in the face for no apparent reason is related to the

Police are investigating whether an incident involving a man punching a woman in the face for no apparent reason is related to the "Knockout Game." George Kiriyama reports.

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Police are investigating whether an incident involving a man punching a woman in the face for no apparent reason is related to the "Knockout Game."

Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department said just after 4:30 p.m. Monday officers responded to a call of an assault and battery in the 14000 block of Blossom Hill Road. Witnesses told police a man confronted a woman in a strip mall parking lot and struck her in the face with a single closed fist.

The victim fell to the ground and sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Manny Singh, who owns the nearby Los Gatos Pizza, said he saw the victim after the incident.

"She was crying. She was crying really bad," he said. "She said she didn't do anything wrong. I don't know what happened to her."

The suspect ran away after the incident and before officers arrived on scene, police said.

Some people at a dance studio located near where the crime occurred are concerned that the attack is connected to a national phenomenon called the "Knockout Game."

The game involves people attempting to knock out unsuspecting victims with a single sucker punch for amusement purposes, according to police. Investigators, however, said they do not have enough evidence to connect the crime to the game.

"There is no specific indication that it is part of the Knockout Game, but again we're not ruling out any of those motives," Sgt. Clinton Tada said.

The suspect is described as an African American adult in his early- to mid-20s, 5 foot 9 inches to 6 feet tall, slender build and short, brown hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a white baseball cap backwards.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department at 408-354-8600.

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