[Ed. – The original spate of attacks occurred concurrently with the Obama administration’s fostering the message that it was open season on young black men in America.]
An Upper West Side man is cold-cocked in Chelsea.
An unhinged stranger throws a roundhouse at a woman outside a subway station on the Upper West Side.
A Catholic deacon and another man are pummeled in separate smackdowns in the Bronx.
It’s up for debate whether this spate of disturbing incidents is a return of the so-called knockout game, the sick spree of assaults that terrorized New Yorkers a few years ago, but it’s a still a gut-punch to frightened residents already on edge.
One poster to the Upper West Side Together Facebook group put members on high alert two weeks ago after two friends walking past the subway station exit on Central Park West and 87th Street encountered a man dressed in black coming out of the subway.
He tried “tried to sucker punch” the girl, whose boyfriend then chased him off.