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Man charged with hate crime for “knockout” game punch

KATY - KPRC confirmed a man suspected of taking part in the "knock out game" has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly punching and breaking the jaw of an elderly African American man.

FBI agents arrested Conrad A. Barrett, 28, Thursday morning. He is expected to appear in federal court later in the day.

Barrett allegedly hit the man with such force that the man immediately fell to he ground. Barrett then laughed and said "knockout," as he ran to his car.

The attack happened November 24.

Officials said the victim suffered two jaw fractures and was hospitalized for several days.

Federal court documents charge Barrett with one count of violating the Matthew Shepard & James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.

The federal complaint alleges Barrett attacked the elderly man because of the man's race and color in what Barrett called a "knock out."

Barrett allegedly used his cell phone to record himself attacking the man and then showed the video to others. The complaint alleges Barrett recorded several videos, and in at least one made a racial slur.

"Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated," said United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson in a statement. "Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law."

The "knockout game" is an assault in which an assailant aims to knock out an unsuspecting victim with one punch.

In news release, the United States Attorney's Office says Barrett said in one of the videos that "the plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?"

If Barrett is convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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