ROCHESTER, MI – Oakland University Police issued a safety alert at 3pm on October 18th, 2014, referencing an assault and battery on a female student on campus. She may have been the victim of the “knockout game.”
The “knockout game” is one of many names given by news media to assaults in which, purportedly, one or more assailants attempt to knock out an unsuspecting victim, often with a single sucker punch, all for the amusement of the attacker(s) and their accomplice(s).
Other names given to assaults of this type include “knockout”, “knockout king”, “point ’em out, knock ’em out”, “bomb”, and “polar-bearing” or “polar-bear hunting” (allegedly called such when the victim is white).
Serious injuries and even deaths have been attributed to the “knockout game”. Some news sources report that there has been an escalation of such attacks.
On Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at about 10pm a female student reported that she was the victim of an Assault and Battery as she was walking on the sidewalk in the area of the Kresge Library.
The area of the Kresge Library is well lighted and has many surveillance cameras. Authorities continue to view footage of those cameras. There are emergency phones in the area, but police are reminding students to walk in groups and be aware of surroundings as they travel around the campus.
There is also a service on campus that if any student or visitor is concerned about walking alone, they can contact the Oakland University Police and they will send someone out to watch that student or visitor get to their destination on university property.
The suspect is described as an unknown male wearing a dark “hoodie” style sweatshirt.
The Oakland University Police are actively investigating this incident and are asking for assistance from the community. Anyone with any information about this attack is asked to call OUPD at 248-370-3331.