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Police Arrest 3 Teens Following Dangerous "Knockout" Game
DAYTON -- Tonight, three Dayton teenagers are in juvenile detention after participating in a violent game of knockout.
We first told you about the frightening game last year when videos started popping up online from several states where suspects go up to a complete stranger and sucker punch them, trying to knock them out. Now this game has made it to Dayton.
"Oh that's me right there, definitely. He's sneaking up, I didn't even know he was coming. I didn't even see that coming. I was like what the heck," said Ronald Baird while watching the full video of his attack for the first time.
"Yeah, I remember this. This part I don't really remember."
Three weeks ago a teenager came up to him as he was collecting cans near East Fifth Street and tried twice to knock him out. A second teen was recording the entire thing on a cell phone. When they failed, they ended up robbing him.
"I gave them $3 and they took off running," he said. "I wouldn't give them my wallet or my phone, no way."
The three teenagers thought their video would give them notoriety but instead it only landed them behind bars.
"They were emulating something they probably saw before online and they are referring to it as a knockout day but it's not, it's a robbery," said Dayton Police Detective Nathan Curley.
University of Dayton professor Art Jipson is the director of the school's criminal justice program. He says this game is a relatively new phenomenon for violence in the community.
"Law enforcement themselves have limited ability to respond to this because it's so spontaneous. You can't know in advance where a group of young people are going to attack," said Jipson.
Police got this video from a teacher at Stivers School of the Arts who saw it on a student's cell phone.
"It doesn't really make a lot of sense," Curley said. "You would think what are they trying to gain from this? They didn't get a lot of money. Didn't get a lot of property. They were looking for some kind of level of respect from their peers. Some street credibility for robbing random people filming it and showing the video ... it is sad."
"What point are you trying to prove? What are you doing? It makes no sense at all," said Baird's son, who came from California to visit his dad.
"The thing that really bothers me is it was broad daylight. No cops. Nobody helped out. Nothing. It just happened. It just sucks. It really does."
Baird had to get stitches in his hands and the rest of the bruises he says are slowly healing.
"It's terrible," said Baird. "It's petty, I hope it doesn't happen to anyone else. I hope these guys learn from what they did."
Unfortunately, it did happen to someone else. Police say the teens also assaulted and robbed a homeless man last week. They kicked and punched him, then stole his cell phone and bus pass. The teens are 14, 15, and 17 and facing robbery and possible assault charges.
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