2 Suspects knock bystander unconscious, rob him in Benton Park - KMOV.com

2 Suspects knock bystander unconscious, rob him in Benton Park

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – Police are investigating after a man says he was knocked out and robbed in Benton Park early Sunday morning.

According to police, the witness said he had just left his friend’s house in the 2000 block of Senate around 3 a.m. when two men approached and hit him, knocking him unconscious.

A woman nearby found the victim in a pool of his own blood at Salena and Senate, a very upcoming, popular neighborhood in Benton Park.

While it sounds like another case of the “knock-out game,” police insist it’s not.

“We’ve never had a knock out even after 11 p.m. or midnight,” said Capt. Jerry Leyshock with the St. Louis Police Department. “Typically those assailants involved are between 14 and 18, and normally 3 or 4, even up to 10 people involved.”

When the victim woke up, he says $50 bucks from his pocket was missing and believes he was robbed.

Neighbors said they’re concerned, especially because aggravated assaults city-wide are up nearly 18 percent from this time last year.

“We’re doing everything we can and working with the neighborhood organizations to make it as safe as can be,” said Leyshock. “I don’t know if this is a stranger-on-stranger incident or not. It’s a little baffling right now.”

While the victim is OK, police are still looking for the suspects.

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