Avenue L and East 5th Street, where the woman was attacked. (Source: Google Maps)

Avenue L and East 5th Street, where the woman was attacked. (Source: Google Maps)

A 78-year-old Midwood woman is the latest person to come out as a potential victim of a vicious “knockout” game, in which teenagers randomly slug an unsuspecting passerby in the head in an attempt to knock them unconscious.

ABC News reports:

The latest attack, on an elderly woman in Midwood, comes after eight similar attacks on Jewish people in Crown Heights.

Now, that 78-year-old woman is terrified, her daughter told Eyewitness News.

“She was carrying a purse that was in full view and many bags, nothing was taken,” the victim’s daughter, Rita, said. “This was purely a wanton incident, someone wanted to inflict pain onto someone else, no other purpose.”

The incident happened on Saturday, November 9, as the woman walked down her street, but she was too afraid to immediately report the attack.

The incident occurred on Avenue L and East 5th Street.

While the “game” has surfaced as a possible national trend, it’s taken an ugly racial aspect in Brooklyn. This victim’s case comes on the heels of eight similar attacks in Crown Heights. None of the victims were robbed as part of the attack.

The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating, as all the victims are Orthodox Jewish.

On the same day the incident became public, Public Advocate-elect Letitia James, Councilman David Greenfield, and Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch came forward offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the eight previous attacks.

According to Yeshiva World News, the “knockout game” assaults have occurred alongside a rash of bias crimes in the area, including assaults, rock throwing and bias graffiti – all targeting Jewish people.

In one incident on November 10, a group of black males attacked a Jewish pedestrian at the corner of Kingston Avenue and Crown Street. That followed a November 6 attack of a 12-year-old Jewish boy, who was punched and thrown to the sidewalk by a group of 15 black youths, according to media reports.

The $1,000 reward is for information that leads authorities to suspects in any of these cases.

“The reports of unprovoked attacks on our city’s streets are disturbing, especially since it appears the victims are being targeted simply because they are Jewish. We have come too far to tolerate senseless violent attacks against anyone, let alone on the basis of their religion,” said Greenfield.

“The recent ‘knockout’ attacks in the Crown Heights community are an outrage of epic proportions. Everyone, in every community, must stand up to these heinous crimes and denounce them in the strongest way,” said Deutsch.

If you have any information about these incidents, please contact (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or visit NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

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  • ComradesforDeBlasio

    Finally the center of diverse culture can fully appreciate the diverse cultural contributions of Brooklyn’s many different people.

    I am looking Forward to the many cultural celebrations of Obama Time

    • Tinman

      Really? You must be one of those Obama bashers who blames him for everything under the sun, including clouds that obscure a sunrise.

      • levp

        I see you haven’t spoken to some of my relatives… You wouldn’t be surprised if you did.
        But it’s OK, because note how none of them are registered users (no email or Facebook/Twitter linked), and all their upvotes always come from “Guest Votes” as well.
        Just 50 years ago they did NOT have to hide to say these things, but now they do. So there.

        • ShadowLock

          Truth!

        • Stan_LS

          Lev, do you race bait your relatives, too? :)

          Or do you save it for the forums?

      • realityexposer

        get lost liberal coward. I bet you voted for Deblasio, you will learn why we hate liberal commies. The fun has just began commie

      • Stan_LS

        Don’t be silly – *everybody* knows its all Bush’s fault.

  • Obam4evaLiberal

    Celebrate this African American Institution finally coming to the heart of Liberal Brooklyn where Liberals can finally experience these “Games” that they have not had the chance to witness personally. It is a Great Day In Brooklyn, like the Dodgers finally returning.

    Everyone can now “play” thanks to empowerment and anti-Second Amendment Zealots, anyone can play day or night. This is the height of American Culture and equality. Celebrate Diversity!.

    Maybe Dante and Chiara can lead NYers in a rousing “Knockout” Game as part of the inaugural festivities? Al Sharpton and his buddy Warren Wilhelm can march through Orthodox Jewish areas and play these games as part of a cultural awareness campaign.

    • Quinn Van Dyke

      Chiara De Lesbio has other priorities.

  • guest

    I’m waiting for the statement that these poor kids aren’t criminals, they’re victims that need guidance and understanding. While we provide them with help, they can keep knocking people out.

    • ComradesforDeBlasio

      They need their Obama Phones to get the gangs together to play these games and an EBT card to purchase party favors. Gee, it’s only a “game” lighten up already!

      • Hello

        Is not just a game you Idiot.. I hope you get knocked out and say is just a game..

  • foo foo

    All you people are clearly living in glass houses. Who will you blame for the crimes such as fraud described in previous posts, for which Oceana seems to be an epicenter. There is a black sheep in every family. Take a long look in the mirror before making these disgusting comments.

    • Bruiser

      What in the world does Oceana and fraud in Oceana have to do with this post?

      • foo foo

        What does Obama or DeBlasio and his family have to do with this post?

        • levp

          The answer is simple: trolls. Let’s not feed them together.

          • ShadowLock

            !!!!

        • realityexposer

          Well under Deblasio, these kids would be excused, Deblasio is a socialist, a politically correct retard who won the election with the LOWEST voter turnout in 65 years. Deblasio is going to allow criminals to go wild, like you have NEVER Seen, and of course like ALL liberals, if the criminal is black, there will be an excuse about “slavery” or some liberal dribble. You idiots who voted for Deblasio, under 15% of the entire NYC population voted for this scum, will REGRET IT. The fun has just begun. If you voted for Deblasio, hang your head in shame

          • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

            I didn’t vote for DeBlasio, but he’s none of the things you think he is. The reality is that he’s not that much different than Bloomberg. Did you think he was a socialist retard too?

      • murry

        Nothing.

  • BayResident

    Oh boy… I’m gone for a couple of weeks and the level of comments on Sheepshead Bites really take a turn…

    Oceana? Obama? DeBlasio? Are you people insane? Can somebody provide a clear level-headed explanation on what I am missing here and why any of these people are to blame?

    May this woman recover quickly and the idiots responsible be found. And may we forget about Oceana and get back to the real world soon.

    • http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/ Ned Berke

      “Can somebody provide a clear level-headed explanation on what I am missing here and why any of these people are to blame?”

      Well, some people have been lying in wait for the opportunity to say some racist crap. In order to seem less racist, they create a boogeyman of some liberal caricature who is going to come to the defense of the despicable perpetrators of this crime. Since no one did so, because boogeymen are fictional, they went ahead and spewed their racist crap anyway, portraying it as a response to a boogeyman than never materialized. Because, again, boogeymen are fictional.

      Clear enough?

      • BayResident

        I think I got it now… so the boogeyman lives in Oceana?

        • levp

          Fictional boogeymen live EVERYWHERE, because fictional (also see: gods).

      • realityexposer

        Ned, Deblasio would find an excuse for this, all liberals excuse black crime, if you don’t like it, talk to the liberals who make the excuses, not the sane posters, who point it out. That’s what liberals do, they are self loathing white folks

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

          What makes you think DeBlasio is a liberal?

          The problem with this country these days is that there aren’t too many liberals left.

          But that will change. Many people are walking a tightrope of survival right now. They’re not going to put up with nonsense.

    • nedless

      “Can somebody provide” sure, anytime.
      It’s simple
      This blog and its publisher Ned Berke thrives on bigotry.
      Today, Nedie Berke is standing up against it, clear and loud, cause that’s how he was trained. Institutionalized for many years – school, college, multiple choice tests etc. – Nedie acquired predictable set of reflexes.
      Nedie is a Pavlov’s dog. He barks at white and affluent, he licks behinds of non-white and poor.
      On one hand this story has everything for a cool “bite” for Nedie – crime, violence, societal parasites, human garbage and savagery.
      Yet Nadie ain’t talkin crime no more. He ain’t talkin bad taste and demage to society, cause today is time for Neddie’s Affirmative Action. Nedie ….. “The Schtinker ” Berke.

      • BayResident

        That was very clear and supremely level-headed. Thank you. I now, thanks to your reply, understand exactly why Obama, Oceana, and DeBlasio are all to blame for a 78 year old woman getting knocked out.

      • http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/ Ned Berke

        Multiple choice tests made me hate white people. Got it.

        • youtoo

          come on Ned, what is up with your sense of humor.
          That one was precious.
          The guy is making fun of your dumb-down educational system that you apparently are a victim of.
          See, in some European countries, where there’s no diversity, there is no need to dumb down public education, or as you call it “level the playing field”. Hence no multiple choice tests.
          Trust me, that “multiple choice” joke, in the context of your being “institutionalized”, was funny, very funny.
          Catch my drift? :) :) :)

          • http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/ Ned Berke

            “See, in some European countries, where there’s no diversity, there is no need to dumb down public education, ”

            Yeah. I catch your drift. It stinks. Oh, sorry… “schtinks”

      • levp

        ” ain’t talkin crime no more” – real gangsta, yo!

  • TheRanta

    The racism here is disgusting. You people should be ashamed of yourselves — especially bringing the mayor-elect’s kids into this. That poor woman in no way deserved what happened to her, and the kids who did (and continue to do) this should be dealt with. But don’t use what happened to this woman as an excuse to be hateful. What would Rabbi Heschel say to your comments?

    • greatjews

      ONE DROP OF JEWISH BLOOD IS WORTH THE ENTIRE WORLD -

    • realityexposer

      suck it libbie

    • Joe Shmo

      Deblasio hated his whiteness so much he chose to atone for his ”white privilege” by marrying a black woman.

      • De Blasio…sounds so “blase”!

        …& don’t forget: “former” lesbian! You just gotta love it!

        Stay tuned for the next 4 years, folks – it’s gonna be quite a show!!!

  • hyphenated american

    Diversity is unnatural and proved to be detrimental to every society it occurred in.
    When a black kid tries to wash off dirt off his hands and realizes that dirt isn’t dirt after all – that’s when it all starts;
    When blacks hate being black, even the most talented, successful and rich, what can be expected from a low life youngsters?
    As the world history teaches us – it’s in the most diverse places where people are killing each other most diligently.
    Diversity ends with a genocide.
    There is no historical evidence of the opposite.

    • levp

      Assuming we accept this premise (which I don’t), what is there to do?

    • TheRanta

      When you make broad statements, be prepared to back them up with sources. Otherwise, you might as well be quoting from Mein Kampf.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

        It is in the same spirit,

    • Joe Shmo

      Ah, someone has been taking classes at the J.Taylor American Renaissance University, eh?

  • Verochka
  • SpewHole

    Pretty sure these attacks are evolved gang initiation rituals.

    • SpewHole

      Also, the level of trolling here seems tantamount to organized stalking by an agency of some sort.

    • Maxwell Smart

      there was a time when you has to commit murder to join a gang

      • Maxwell Smart

        had..was meant to be grammatically correct , no ebonics intended

  • Sportzfan

    It’s mind boggling the types of activities that young people engage in these days.

  • alias

    Wanna take the National debate off Obamacare? Round up ten white kids and have them knock out a few elderly black women. It’d be all the media would talk about. Go ahead, tell me I’m wrong. And another thing……… I’ll tell you how a guy like Obama gets dragged into these conversations. He puts himself there. He has opened the door over and over throughout his political career, when it supports his antiquated, disgusting, disingenuous sob story of racism and persecution of course. You don’t see him getting all teary eyed in front of the cameras about this victim with “If I had a grandma she’d look like……..” Nope. Not on your life. You’ll never see him out front about black on white crime, ever. The sad part is he has had the power and opportunity to ease racial tensions from the beginning of his term. He’s done exactly the opposite. I suppose if this victim would have just listened to Obama’s campaign story about his grandmother being a “typical white person who would cross the street when she saw blacks appoaching” She would have been just fine.
    Race relations in this country are sliding backwards at an alarming rate and Obama shoulders much of the blame. He is the leader of the band after all. These crimes are not new, they are well documented. His silence, and his reluctance to call these thugs out does nothing but enable them, especially in light of his ritualistic propensity.to defend blacks before all the facts are in. His bias is obvious, his racism blatant.
    That’s how he gets blamed. On a positive note, he did award Oprah the Medal Of Freedom today, so I guess we won’t see her complaining about not being waited on in a foreign country because she’s black anytime soon.

    • levp

      tl;dr

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      That’s just silly.

      So what did Bloomberg say?

      • alias

        Silly? There’s nothing about the story or my post that’s silly. You know, they say the first step in fixing a problem is to admit you have one. I don’t know about you but the way I see it there are too many people in this country in denial that a problem exists. Or maybe they’ve been indoctrinated into believing that somehow keeping their mouth shut will lead to the land of puppies and rainbows. Or maybe they’re just petrified to say anything. Whatever the approach has been, it ain’t working. As for Bloomberg, you’re asking the wrong guy. The mayor and I should never be in the same sentence, about anything.

        • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

          He’s the one that matters here. Not Obama.

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  • ark

    I wonder if this were 10 white kids hitting an 80 year old black woman in middle of harlem????? Obama, sharpton, deblasio would have been all over it including fbi special task force

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

      So rather than discuss things that did happen you’d rather set up a trajectory for something that did not.

  • Diana

    $1000? That’s really going speed things along and help find these animals.
    How come this story isn’t on every news channel every 5 minutes?? Oh right! The victim was Jewish — that’s not newsworthy…maybe a black person will get attacked by accident..then the case will get quickly solved…

  • MURRY

    WHAT THE HELL DOES ANY POLITICIAN BESIDES BLOOMBERG HAVE TO DO WITH THIS? WHATS TO BE SOLVED BY BEING PISSED OFF AT OBAMA ? THERE IS NOT A DAMN THING HE CAN DO ABOUT IT. NOTHING. IF FOLKS CENTER THEIR ANGER WHERE IT BELONGS MAYBE, SOMETHING WILL GET DONE. THESE PUNKS ARE NOT PLAYING A GAME, THESE ARE HATE CRIMES AND SHOULD BE TREATED AS SUCH. AND YOUR RIGHT IF THIS WAS A WHITE ON BLACK, SOMETHING WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE. THE REASON IS THE BLACK COMMUNITY WOULD HAVE BEEN UP IN ARMS AND RIGHTLY SO, AND WE THE WHITES DO NOTHING. LOOK WHAT HAPPENED AT FLATBUSH AND AVENUE U, 9 PEOPLE SHOWED UP TO PROTEST BECAUSE IT WAS NOT LABELED A HATE CRIME. I WAS THERE AND IT WAS A TOTAL EMBARRASSMENT.

  • guest

    You know, if Al Sharpton would actually get involved with reversed racism for once, maybe, just maybe he could actually do something good for the community and this stupidity would decrease. Sadly, if this were reversed he’d be calling for the heads of the attackers. This would have been a good opportunity for him to do something positive. But as always he’s nowhere to be seen. Bloomberg is too busy counting his billions and Kelly is too busy spewing nonsense for playboy to be bothered.

    • murry

      If Sharpton did as you suggested he would be called an Uncle Tom. At that point he’d have to do something he’s never done before: Get a job.

  • Herbert

    This is why I voted for Bill De Blasio. Our youth need after-school programs to keep them out of trouble. These “attacks” are a sign of frustration.

    • Alex

      You my friend, is about to enter a world of dissapointment…

  • Joe Shmo

    Law abiding citizens in Brooklyn need CCW permits so they can defend themselves against *you know what word* like these. Not only will it serve as a deterrent against crime it will also help with the criminal population control. My opinion.

    • Brownsville = Jungle Habitat

      Ah’s agree, huneeh – ah’s agree!