VIDEO: TX man charged with hate crime after 'knockout assault'

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POSTED: Friday, December 27, 2013 - 11:30am

UPDATED: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 12:46pm

A Texas man has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly attacking an elderly black man in what's become known as a "knockout" assault.

Justice Department officials say 27-year-old Conrad Alvin Barrett of Katy, Texas, attacked a 79-year-old black man at the end of November.

Authorities say Barrett made a video of the incident, in which he allegedly can be heard stating his intent to target a black person.

The so-called "knockout game" is an assault where the attacker tries to knock out an unsuspecting victim with one punch.

Officials say the elderly man in this case suffered two jaw fractures and was in the hospital for days.

Barrett's attorney said he could not say whether or not his client carried out the attack, but he noted Barrett suffers from bipolar disorder and takes medication.

Barrett will next appear in court Friday afternoon for a detention hearing.

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Really takes a lot of guts to sucker punch someone.

The 27year old should be put behind bars. That's what's wrong with this world, everyone has an excuse for their actions and think it should be excused. He knew what he was doing and should be punished! Besides that everyone has a bit of bipolar in them.

This kid needs permanent supervision. Unfortunately he'll be free to menace society as soon as his sentence is up.

Hate crime (federal) and Elder Abuse (state.) And bi-polar doesn't begin to describe this character's mental problems.

I agree bi polar has nothing to do with this but I am wondering why a white kid is charged with a hate crime when all the black kids who played the "knockout game" were not

Doesn't matter if he have bipolar disorder n taking medication, everyone have to find something like disorder,or diseases to blame on, it all bull craps!! Did he knockout his own mother when he don't take his mediation? bull craps!! sick of excused, I have mental disorder but I don't go out n hurt someone or kill someone, jeeeeez, it all about f**kin excuses, my f**kin azz, If I am a judge, I would have elder to knock him out as he did to him, poor elder guy. KNOCKOUT game is pathetic..

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