Protect Yourself From Deadly "Knockout Game," Police Offer Tips

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A deadly new crime sweeping the country is back.

It's commonly known as "The Knockout Game." According to Topeka Capitol Police, the object is to walk up on an unsuspecting person and punch them in the head, attempting to knock them out.

The suspects then will often post a video of the attack on social media sites to gain fame.

Some victims have been seriously injured and at least one person from St. Louis has died as a result of the attack.

Most of the people doing this are in their late teens or early 20's, authorities say.

While their have been no reported cases here in Kansas, the Highway Patrol is offering these tips to help you avoid becoming a victim.

  • Walk with someone, be a part of the crowd, even in daylight hours
  • Stay off electronic devices when walking as the may distract you from your immediate surroundings
  • If you observe a group of teenagers that appear to be filming you, turn around and walk away from them, and go to a public place
  • If you feel that you are in danger, please dial 911, and report the suspicious activity to law enforcement