Monday, August 29, 2011

Police: Too Early to Call Attack on Cyclists Part of "Knockout King"

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Knockout King: Hard to prove unless suspects (or their moms) say that's what they were doing.
  • Knockout King: Hard to prove unless suspects (or their moms) say that's what they were doing.
St. Louis police are continuing to suss out details in an attack on two groups of bikers Thursday night near the intersection of Tower Grove and Flad. At this point, though, they say it's a bit premature to officially call the assault part of the "Knockout King" game, as has been reported elsewhere.

"The only way we could determine if 'Knockout King' was involved is if the suspects tells us that during questioning," says police spokeswoman Schron Jackson. "And that hasn't happened because at this point there have been no arrests."

Still the incident in which bikers were punched by a group of six to ten young adults is attracting its fair share of media coverage (the AP picked up the story) after the bike advocacy group Trailnet broke news of the attacks Friday on its Facebook page. Josie McDonald, communications director for Trailnet, tells Daily RFT that Trailnet was able to scoop the media because a Trailnet employee witnessed one of the events.

"Our employee and her boyfriend were riding along Tower Grove when the boyfriend was attacked," says McDonald. "They could see another group of bicyclists in front of them that had also been targeted."

One of the officers who arrived on the scene reportedly told the Trailnet employee that the attack seemed to mimic the knockout game.

Meanwhile, city leaders including Mayor Francis Slay, Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed and Public Safety Director Charles Bryson have all commented on the issue via social media and vowed to take action.

McDonald says her agency has been in contact with police who beefed up patrols this weekend on Tower Grove Avenue and other popular bicycle routes.

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