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Four minors arrested for ‘knockout’ attacks in N.Y.

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NEW YORK (JTA) — Four minors were arrested in connection with what are believed to be “knockout game” attacks in Brooklyn, DNAinfo New York reported.

The New York Police Department arrested a 14-year-old girl and three other youths, aged 10 and 11, for involvement in three assaults in the borough in October and November.

The victims were three Jewish children: one was punched, one was hit with a rock and a third was attacked in the face with a plastic bag.

While the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force worked on the investigation as well, police determined that the attacks were not motivated by bias, according to DNAinfo New York.

The youths were arrested between Nov. 13 and Nov. 23 and were charged with assault, endangerment and criminal mischief; their names were withheld because of their ages.

Police are still investigating several other potential knockout game incidents, in which strangers assault individuals but do not attempt to rob them. While incidents have been reported throughout the country and victims have come from a mix of backgrounds, in New York City the majority of victims have been identifiably Jewish.

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