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Police Say Rumors of 'Knock Out Game' Assault in Inner Harbor Are False
Updated: Friday, December 13 2013, 01:47 PM EST
Security officials who protect downtown buildings are circulating an email warning workers to remain vigilant after an assault inside the Pratt Street Pavilion earlier this week.
"An alleged 'knockout game' took place yesterday afternoon in the Pratt Street Pavilion. With this assault you will see additional Baltimore City Police patrolling the Inner Harbor during the daylight hours and evenings," the email says.
Police spokesman John Kowalczyk confirmed there was an incident but says police have determined it was not related to the "knockout game."
"An adult male (was) assaulted by an unknown suspect(s) for unknown reasons. Detectives are looking into the incident," he said in an email to FOX45, adding, "Based on the type of assault there is nothing to indicate that this is a knockout game assault. A security guard spread a bad rumor."
The "knock out game" is a controversial moniker that has been used to characterize unprovoked assaults by groups of teens on unsuspecting victims in cities across the country. The object of the game is to knock out the victim with a single punch. Discounted by police departments as urban legend, several videos have emerged in other cities claiming to depict knockout assaults.