(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.