Peoria man falls victim to violent "Knock Out" game

By WEEK Reporter

December 13, 2013 Updated Dec 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A violent game is trending nationwide --even grade school students are playing. It is called the "Knock Out" game. The goal is to knock someone out -- with a single blow. Generally, the victims are unsuspecting --waiting at bus stop or just walking down the street. There have been hundreds of cases nationwide, and police say it has now happened in Peoria.

Daniel Wilson says he was walking home last night from the bus stop on Harrison. When he got to Folkers Avenue across from trewyn middle school, he was blindsided by two attackers.

Luckily for Wilson, a nearby youth program officer, an ELITE officer, Bill Cannon, was able to identify the attackers.

The victim says he's shocked at who they were.

"I never thought in a million years that gradeschool students would try to knock me out," said Wilson.

"Those young men will be dealt with," said Cannon. "The gentlemen did call the Peoria Police so there will be those consequences. I'm for sending a strong message to all students and that's what an incident like this does--sends a message."