Woman viciously beaten in south St. Louis in possible "knockout game" attack

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on November 19, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 20 at 7:36 AM

(KMOV) – A 23-year-old Metro East college student said she was viciously punched in the face along a south St Louis sidewalk Monday.

Police say the woman was ambushed and deliberately knocked to the ground in what officers say may be a game called “Knockout.”

All the student knows is that it happened as she walked along Arsenal at Brannon early Monday morning, trying to get to a waiting vehicle.  She and her boyfriend were giving a friend a ride from a local bar.

The woman, who wanted to conceal her identity, said she suffered a double fracture of the bone under her left eye and will need surgery.

She told News 4’s Matt Sczesny she was hit as she moved through a large crowd on the sidewalk.

“I dropped immediately to the ground and screaming and crying and everybody just scattered, “she said.

She wondered if she was victim of the so-called “Knockout Game” – when a stranger attacks someone at random.

St. Louis has seen a rash of knockout attacks. Earlier this year, a teen was given a year in jail for a knockout attack in the Central West End.

In the latest attack, the victim hopes any witnesses will come forward with information for police.

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