Two teenagers have been accused of committing a violent assault in Paterson, New Jersey.
According to law enforcement, the attack occurred at the intersection of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Van Houten Street in Paterson, NJ. As the elderly victim was attempting to cross the street, one of the teen suspects allegedly walked up to the man and began to punch him in the face.
Meanwhile, the other teenage suspect allegedly recorded the attack on video. He reportedly encouraged the attacker to continue hitting the victim.
The assault, which appears to have been unprovoked, has triggered outrage from many people who watched the video recording that was circulated on social media accounts online.
The Paterson Police Department conducted a detailed investigation into the violent incident. Investigators were then able to identify the suspects after receiving several tips from people who watched the online video.
One of the teenage suspects, a 16-year-old boy, is from Paterson, NJ. He eventually turned himself in to Paterson police and was subsequently placed under arrest. He has been charged with a slew of criminal offenses, including aggravated assault and endangering an injured victim.
Law enforcement is currently searching for the actual attacker in the case. Authorities believe that the other suspect is a 17-year-old boy.
Authorities said that this violent attack is an example the knockout game, which typically involves young people punching an unsuspecting victim while someone records the encounter on video.
For more information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Charges Filed in Apparent Knockout Game Attack in Paterson.”