A Philadelphia man was reaching into his pocket to pluck out a cigarette for someone who had asked to bum one when, without warning, he was being attacked.
Mark Cumberland was one of three victims in the Philadelphia region subject to a senseless attack that seems to be part of the growing "knockout game." (Image source: KWY-TV)
Mark Cumberland and two other men in Philadelphia fell victim to what appears to be part of the "knockout game," a disturbing trend that seems to be spreading around the country involving teens who try to knockout people in a single punch.
“There’s no reason at all. I mean, I didn’t get robbed, they didn’t take nothing from me. They just beat me up," Cumberland told KWY-TV, noting that he now has trouble seeing and breathing after the attack.
Police told the local news station an elderly man was attacked while walking his dog late last month -- the suspects were apprehended in this case -- and yet another older man was hit while mowing his lawn.
Watch KWY-TV's report:
The neighbor of a 63-year-old victim, who was not identified in the report, told KWY such an incident was unexpected in the neighborhood.
“I think it’s absolutely horrible. I think this is a beautiful neighborhood and I didn’t expect anything like that here," Jeri Greenfield said.
"It’s very sad that before you used to walk on the street with no worries whatsoever,” neighbor Al Ciavijo told KWY.
Other cities seem to be experiencing similar senseless attacks. In Washington, D.C., police are investigating two attacks on women in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.