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Hartford man targeted in disturbing 'Knock Out' game

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Hartford man knocked to the ground as part of disturbing trend. (Provided by Hartford Police) Hartford man knocked to the ground as part of disturbing trend. (Provided by Hartford Police)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A Hartford man was knocked to the ground as he was walking out his front door, and it was all part of a disturbing trend called the “Knock Out” game.

Wilbert Prude was walking down his sidewalk when a teenager showed up behind him, and was caught on camera when he punched and pushed the 66-year-old to the ground.

“He sucker-punched me from the front, in the back of the head,” Prude said.

He fell to the ground, and he said once he was able to get up, nobody was around.

The "Knock Out" game is when an attacker targets a victim and punches them in the head, so hard that it will knock them out for no reason.

Prude said he never thought he would be part of it, especially not in front of his own home.

After the punch, the video started circulating around a Hartford high school, where the teenaged suspect attends school.

A school official got his hands on the video, identified the teen then called police.

Prude went to the hospital, but he said he is doing okay.

“I feel pretty good and glad to know I'm still alive and I thank the good Lord for that!" Prude said.

Police said the teen has been in trouble with the law before, and was recently arrested for a fight at his high school.

He will be in court for this “knock out” incident at the end of the month.

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