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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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Marilyn Leonard January 07, 2014 at 10:15 PM
What is wrong with these people?? How can randomly punching people be for "amusement"? What a bunch of sickos.
Kathy Gallagher January 07, 2014 at 10:55 PM
Game? Game? Where is there any "game" in this illegal, violent behavior? And why do you add to the concept by providing a ridiculous graphic? You own responsibility to report objectively. Shame on you for displaying this worthless graphic!
Terry McBriarty January 07, 2014 at 11:42 PM
Please tell me that the police arriving 45 minutes late is a mistake? What type of crime is going on in LG midday that takes precedence of a broad daylight assault of a random victim?
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz January 08, 2014 at 12:08 AM
Knock Out Game..? Lets see how well they like this game when someone "Knocks" back! Or press charges, & they'll get their Pay-Back behind Bars, in their behinds….
Esmée St James January 08, 2014 at 12:08 AM
Hope the assailant gets it back, right in the kisser! Sicko.
Dean January 08, 2014 at 01:08 AM
Horrible. What's become of our society? People like this deserve harsh punishment. I'd love to be the one who hits back if ever attacked in such a way. Furthermore, Not a fan of the graphic. It's best REMOVED from this article
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) January 08, 2014 at 01:20 AM
@Kathy and Dean, graphic has been removed. It was meant to illustrate this new crime trend, not glorify or promote it any way. Thanks for the feedback and the comments.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) January 08, 2014 at 01:38 AM
@Terry McBriarty, police are saying they were on scene within 10 minutes from the time the incident was reported to dispatch. LGMSPD has one of the best response times of any local, county, state or national law-enforcement agency.
Kevin Clark January 08, 2014 at 06:35 PM
@Terry McBriarty, and others. There is some misinformation floating out there including on nextdoor.com regarding the response time of the Los Gatos Police to this incident. I heard the police dispatch radio traffic reference this assault and battery. The call was dispatched to officers at 4:33 p.m. and the officers arrived on the scene at 4:40 p.m. with a response time of seven minutes. I hope this clarifies any misunderstanding.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) January 08, 2014 at 06:49 PM
@Kevin Clark, you need to become my best friend. :)
Kevin Clark January 08, 2014 at 07:00 PM
@Shelia Sanchez You bet. Being in Law Enforcement myself it is important to me that misinformation be corrected.
David Peterson January 09, 2014 at 10:13 AM
GAME ? -- Your killing me. - Call it what it is -- "BLACK TERRORISM" Nothing less. At least you are reporting it, unless the Black psychopaths are caught, it never is even report by the media leaving the public clueless to how dangerous they have become, and its getting worst every day. These psychopaths need to be profiled. It is UNJUST not to.
Area Resident January 09, 2014 at 11:16 AM
We need to start watching out for our fellow residents. There is more and more crap like this happening. I see most people waking around not paying any attention to others. We need to start taking our blinders off and watching our community. Look at the graffiti and crimes that are happening, and most just turn away. Report it, stand up, or chase them down!!!!!!! If it took 10 or 7 mins for the police to respond, how long would it take for a bystander to intervene or help with photos or descriptions to help with the crime. It's one thing having a radio or phone stolen but, punching someone's mom in the face for a laugh!! That's too far. Los gatos has to take the diamond rings off and fight back. Don't be surprised if these people are one of your kids friends or neighbors kids. If it's a stranger of the area, then even more reason to watch out. They don't want us in their neighborhood, then stay the $@ck out of ours.
Kevin Clark January 09, 2014 at 12:08 PM
@area resident. I 99% agree with your post. The one thing I don't agree with is your comment about chasing them down. You are more than likely going to get a bullet between your eyes or get your ass kicked unless your an off duty LE packing a Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry "make my day" 44 mag.
David Peterson January 09, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Its a tough problem to deal with - We need to remove them from society for a LONG time. If were lucky - forever. More awareness is #1. BLACK leaders can be a huge help to condemn and embarrass the ferals for destroying their own culture. More camera monitoring. (its worth the invasion of privacy issue) - Less cops focusing on speed traps, and seatbelts and more focusing on the more severe psychopaths running around. Set up feral STINGS. They target non-black women, and the elderly, ALONE in key opportune places, because they are the easiest prey. THEY need to be the hunted, and make this not worth it. Or it will NEVER STOP.
Area Resident January 09, 2014 at 01:53 PM
@ kevin Clark. This is what I mean, "gun" what gun. If someone is punching women or sucker punching people, they have no gun. They are cowards that will run if a person stands up. If people stand up for their community, then it's even more scary for them. The whole point is this: we need to look at the person next to you and know them. It's easy to stand in a crowded room and think everyone there is invisible. Next time, walk in and look around and greet the person next to you. Know your area, 9 out of 10 times they are just like you. Watch your surroundings. We don't need a superhero, we need our neighborhood to watch out for each other's well being and safety. If a neighborhood kid is speeding down your street, throw a fucking brick in his windshield or knock his his door and let them know what an ass he's being or call the cops, because he isn't giving a rats ass about your 2yr old child on a bike. This is why criminals pray on the wealthy or middle class, were taught to turn away " it's not me, it's not mine". Bullshit!! It involves you because your neighbor is a roommate or family member, it's just that we live in a bigger house or living in a bigger classroom. There is extremes with every idea, you just have to find out what you can do on your own. But play a part in taking care of our living space, house, classroom, and neighborhood. Be involved, not just stand by and watch, or think someone else will take care of it.
Jeffrey Bachman January 09, 2014 at 06:40 PM
We need additional video surveillance in public areas. Video gets people behind bars.
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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