Hoboken, NJ - Three teens, two 13-year-olds and a 14-year-old, have been arrested and charged with killing a homeless man after allegedly punching him in the head during a game of ‘knockout.’
For those of you unaware, the game of “knockout” consists of walking up to a random person and sucker punching them in the face with the hope that they are “knocked the fuck out” with one shot. This will undoubtedly be filmed by laughing accomplices, who haven’t grasped the concept of landscape, then posted on World Star Hip Hop for others to enjoy.
The people who play this game are typically young and dumb, and never seem to pick targets that may offer any form of resistance; usually sticking with older men or the homeless.
While this is bad enough, some who are participating in this game are also learning a lot about our legal system after their victim dies from cracking their head on the pavement or, as in this case, having their neck broken.
The teens reportedly followed 46-year-old Ralph Santiago, a homeless man with mental issues, then sucker punched him in the back of the head in broad daylight. Santiago fell against an iron fence where his head became lodged between two posts, and his neck simply snapped. He was left that way until a passerby discovered him.
Police asked for the public’s help in identifying the three teens and released surveillance footage that showed the boys getting off the NJ Transit Light Rail in Hoboken. They also released two images of one of the teens inside a convenience store.
Two of the boys turned themselves in on Thursday and the third boy turned himself in on Friday. All three now face murder charges and are currently in the Hudson County Youth Detention Center.