Posted on September 23, 2019

Teens Fatally Assault Man at Great Frederick Fair, May Have Been ‘Knockout Game’

Kevin Lewis, WJLA-TV, September 21, 2019

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office has charged two teens for the random, unprovoked physical attack of a man at the Great Frederick Fair.

The victim was found near the midway area of the fairgrounds around 5:36 p.m. Friday, lying unconscious. Police interviewed multiple witnesses who told them the victim had been minding his own business.

On Monday, the Frederick County Sheriff’s identified the victim as 59-year-old John Marvin Weed of Mt. Airy, Maryland.

Maryland State Police airlifted the victim to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he died from his injuries Saturday. An autopsy is now scheduled at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine an exact cause of death.

According to law enforcement sources, the two teenage suspects, ages 15 and 16, may have been playing the so-called “knockout game” at the time of the wanton attack. A spokesperson for the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office would not confirm that notion but stated it would “certainly be looked at.”

Authorities have charged the 15-year-old with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. The 16-year-old is charged with second-degree assault. Prosecutors may very well tack on additional counts — such as manslaughter or murder — in light of the victim’s death. {snip}


One of the two teens in the knock-out game is arrested.