Posted on November 29, 2011

St. Louis Teen Charged with ‘Knockout Game’ Attack

Patrick M. O’Connell, STL Today, November 23, 2011

A teen was charged Tuesday evening with second-degree assault in another in a string of “knockout game” attacks, according to charging documents.

Kwame J. Thomas, 17, of the 2800 block of Osceola Street in St. Louis, is accused of assaulting a 54-year-old man Sunday near the intersection of Osceola and Nebraska Avenue.

The victim told police that he was approached by a group of people just after 7 p.m. One asked for a cigarette, but the man said he did not have one. He was then struck in the eye and fell to the ground, where others in the group began hitting him in the head and body while yelling “knockout game.”


St. Louis Alderman Kacie Starr Triplett posted on Twitter that another “knockout game” attack happened over the weekend at Sidney Street and Minnesota Avenue, when four teens jumped out of a car, punched a pedestrian and fled.

[Editor’s Note: A similar attack occurred late last month, but the race of the teenage attackers was unspecified. Click here for a picture of the victim and his injuries.]