Social Media Crimes

Teen Turns Himself In After Brutally Punching A Man In “Knockout Video,” A Viral Online Trend

"It's not going to be funny when you're in prison."

Police in Rosenberg, Texas turned to the public for help to catch a teen who knocked out a man from behind. According to ABC Chicago, 18-year-old Alejandro Maldonado was caught on surveillance video “sucker punching” a 30-year-old man. In the video, the victim is hit so hard he ends up face down on concrete after the punch. He suffered serious injuries and was treated at a nearby hospital where he had to stay for several nights.

The assault took place after the victim left a Ruchi's Mexican Grill. Police do not think Maldonado knew his victim. In fact, they suspect the incident was likely part of a sick game, a viral online trend called the "Knockout Game.”

"You think it's a game, your friends might peer pressure you into doing something, and it's a serious offense, it's a felony, it's an aggravated assault," Rosenberg Police Lt. Chad Pino said. "In this case, he sustained some serious injuries, and it's not a game. It's not going to be funny when you're in prison."

Maldonado allegedly was cut off communication with police last week. Before that, he was supposedly about to turn himself in. Police hoped the release of the surveillance video will lead to his arrest.

The Rosenberg Police Department released the footage in a post entitled "Tough guy wanted for aggravated assault.”

The post appeared to work. On Thursday Maldonado turned himself in. He was booked in for an aggravated assault warrant. His bond was set at $25,000 dollars, according to police.

Similar attacks have also linked to the "Knockout Game," including an incident in 2015 when a 37-year-old street cleaner was was knocked unconscious in Paterson, New Jersey. A video of her attack later went viral on Facebook. Kristian Gonzalez, then 17, was sentenced to prison for three years for the assault, The Sun reports.

[Still: Rosenberg Police Department]

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