byÂ ADELLE NAZARIAN
SAN DIEGO – A recent crime wave of random attacks known as “knockout games” hit the North Park neighborhood of San Diego Sunday. An unsuspecting woman was struck from behind and rendered unconscious.
According to San Diego Police Sgt. Shawn Takeuchi, the incident occurred at 1:20 am, reports local ABC affiliate in San Diego ABC 10. The woman was able to regain consciousness and walk home; then she called the police to report the assault.
Just one month earlier, on June 24, a similar incident occurred in which another woman was attacked from behind. The incident reportedly took place one block away from Sunday’s early morning attack.
A string of these “knockout game” crimes have been surfacing throughout the nation. In January of this year, actress Rose McGowan took matters into her own hands and chased down a knockout game attacker in Venice, California.
Police have told pedestrians to be aware of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity by calling (619) 531-2000 or 911.
Anyone with information regarding Sunday’s or last month’s knockout game attacks should contact Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or the San Diego Police Department Sex Crimes Unit at (619) 531-2210.