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Update: Assault Suspect Sought by Los Gatos Police, Woman Could be 'Knockout Game' Victim

Los Gatos residents are asking police if incident is related to a recent phenomenon known as the 'knockout game.'

The Los Gatos Monte Sereno police logo at the Police Operations Building. Photo by Sheila Sanchez
The Los Gatos Monte Sereno police logo at the Police Operations Building. Photo by Sheila Sanchez
Updated: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7: On the Los Gatos Patch Facebook page, readers were reporting the assault of a woman at Blossom Hill Square Shopping Center late Monday evening.

Los Gatos Patch reader Chrissy Brooks-Knipp wrote: "The Knockout game has hit Los Gatos. This evening on Blossom Hill Road, in front of Dance Attack, a woman was punched by an African American man who escaped up Harwood towards Belgatos Park."

In response, reader Luigi Casaretto said: "This nonsense has to stop. My friend's daughter was a victim in Milpitas last week."

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A man is wanted on suspicion of assaulting a woman Monday afternoon in the 1400 block of Blossom Hill Road, according to Los Gatos/Monte Sereno police.

Shortly after 4 p.m., the suspect, described as an African American adult in his early to mid-20s, standing 5-foot-9 to 6-feet tall with a slender build and short brown hair, confronted the woman in a strip mall parking lot and struck her in the face with a single closed fist, according to police.

Police were on scene within 10 minutes from the time the incident was reported to dispatch.

The woman fell to the ground and sustained non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the scene by emergency medical personnel, police said.

Witnesses observed the suspect flee the area on foot toward Harwood Road before police officers arrived on scene.

The suspect was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a white baseball cap backwards. He remains at large, police said.

Los Gatos residents are asking police if the incident is related to a recent phenomenon known as the "knockout game," where assailants attempt to knock out unsuspecting victims with a single sucker punch for amusement purposes.

Police said it's investigating the incident and no motive has been identified for the assault.

A neighborhood canvass of the surrounding area was completed with no video surveillance evidence to aid in the investigation, police noted.

Any residents or businesses with video surveillance equipment, which may capture evidence of a crime, can assist the LGMSPD by registering their system at www.JoinOnWatch.com.

Anyone with information about the incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to call the LGMSPD at 408-354-8600.

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Such Troll January 10, 2014 at 01:17 PM
@ David Peterson, LOL balck leaders? Really? Isn't the president black. The black leaders you speak of are nothing more than hate spreading, money hungry idiots.
Esmée St James January 10, 2014 at 01:43 PM
It is always a good idea to be aware of one's surroundings no matter what neighborhood you are in. Look up from your phones everybody...
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr January 11, 2014 at 03:42 PM
A. It is NOT a game. B. It is felony racial violence and no perpetrator has been charged with a hate crime. C. If it was not politically incorrect for every sane, non-felon to carry a concealed handgun, then there would be no need for any police investigation nor waste any prosecutions of the perpetrators.
old neighbor dude January 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM
We need more people packing. Does anyone really think people would go around punching someone if they knew there was a good chance they had a .45 under their arm? Come get me ghetto scum!
Todd Troutman April 06, 2014 at 10:07 PM
Absolutely disgusting crime. And even more disgusting, the only guy prosecuted as a federal hate crime is THE ONE white emulator - probably first and only white guy to do such a thing who stupidly knocked out an old black guy.

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