A few days ago on a sunny afternoon in Cincinnati, Ohio, William Griffith Jr. said he was just minding his own business walking home from work when all of a sudden he got struck in the back of the head by a fellow pedestrian.
Hamilton County court documents stated the blow sent Griffith to the pavement and knocked him out cold.
“I was stunned,” Griffith told reporters. “I couldn’t believe it. I mean, the dude came right up from behind me.”
He said he doesn’t know his attacker or why he did it. The man is seen on surveillance video walking away right after the sucker punch.
“This generation, I don’t know,” Griffith said. “I’m old school. I’m 54 years old … I don’t know their motives … I mean, just to have fun?”
After the surveillance video surfaced on social media, it was identified as the infamous knockout game- a scary pastime in which pedestrians are randomly punched and cellphone videos of the assaults are often uploaded online.
Griffith said if the attack on him was some kind of game, he doesn’t find it amusing. He suffered serious facial cuts, a black eye and a broken jaw.
“I mean if you wanna get a thrill, do something positive,” he told another news station.
The only upside to this incident is 29-year-old Keith Capell was arrested Wednesday and was charged with felonious assault in connection to the horrific incident.
Capell was in court Thursday morning and given a $260,000 bond. Reportedly, the presiding judge said he was “frustrated by … the limitations” given him in setting Capell’s bond.
Capell’s attorney said the victim “threatened [Capell] with a knife,”, but the prosecutor said that wasn’t true.
Capell also had less than 1 ounce of heroin in small baggies when he was arrested and was charged with possession of drugs.
Watch the knock out video here:
Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV
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