Police have video of 'knockout' teens

By Tarik Minor - Anchor, I-TEAM reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville police say they have surveillance video of four teens wanted in connection with attacking a disabled man and another man in Arlington with an hour of each other on Tuesday.

The teens are believed to have been playing what's called the "knockout game," in which the object is to try to knock someone out in one punch.

Police are not releasing the surveillance video because they say the teens are juveniles and are protected by privacy laws. Even if they are arrested, police say they won't be able to share that information if they are younger than 18, which isn't sitting well with one of the victims.

Michael Carraway said he's living in fear since being attacked at the Hess gas station.

"We get to where we don't even know if we want to leave the house unless we have two people," he said.

Carraway said he's afraid that he or a member of his family could be victimized again.

As Carraway was pumping gas Tuesday evening, he said, a teenager snuck up behind him and attempted to knock him out with one punch.

"Things went dark a little bit and I went to my knees a little bit," he said.

Carraway, who suffered a stroke last year, said the punch to the side of his face has affected his speech and his recovery. He said the teens responsible should be treated like adults because one punch can kill.

"I don't think they should be treated as juveniles," Carraway said. "At 15 years old, they know what they were doing. They intentionally did this. No, they should be tried as an adult."

Less than an hour after that attack, another man said he was assaulted while at a Redbox outside a nearby Walgreens.

Police said they have good quality surveillance video of the teens, who also had a dog with them.

"Patrol officers are taking that video to neighborhood schools," Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda said. "We are trying to identify those individuals. The kids did have a small, white dog, a small dog on a leash, so it's probably a family pet of one of the individuals."

Officers said they've also received several Crime Stoppers tips.

Carraway has a message for whoever attacked him.

"I would say to them, 'Stop. Grow up before you hurt someone and ruin your life as well as someone else's,'" he said.

Anyone with any information about the incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.

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