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Lancaster police investigating possible knockout game case

Updated: Thursday, January 9 2014, 05:42 PM CST
Posted by: Lauren Gross

LANCASTER -- The nationwide knock-out game has possibly hit close to home.

Police in Manheim Township confirmed to CBS 21 Thursday that a man is being charged with simple assault and disorderly conduct after an incident in which the victims believe he was playing the so-called knock-out game on Sunday.

According to Lancaster City police Sgt. Bill Hickey, Andrew D. Westry, 20, of the 500 block of South Lime Street, and Pedro Torres-Colon, 22, of the first block of Lincoln West Drive, Mountville, approached three runners.

Witnesses believe the two men may have been playing the knock-out game, a new trend in which one or more people try to knock an unsuspecting victim unconscious, often with a single sucker punch, for amusement.

Police aren't saying if that's the case. None of the runners on Sunday were knocked out.

The two men approached the runners, and Westry hit one of them. Torres-Colon also approached the runners in a threatening manner, but one of the runners sprayed him with pepper spray. 

Torres-Colon was charged with disorderly conduct and false idenfication. 

Officers have not yet completed affidavits in the incident. Hickey said the alleged attackers' motive is unknown.
Lancaster police investigating possible knockout game case

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