Man allegedly went on 'knockout game'-style punching spree

Alvin Hives, 32, is charged with theft over $5,000, assault, resisting arrest, assaulting police,...

Alvin Hives, 32, is charged with theft over $5,000, assault, resisting arrest, assaulting police, and five counts of assault.

Jenny Yuen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

TORONTO — Toronto Police have arrested a man accused of assaulting people participating in what’s known as the “knockout game.”

The random, unprovoked assaults were popularized on YouTube, where a person will approach a stranger, either from the front or behind, and attempt to knock them out in one punch.

“It’s all over the States,” Const. Victor Kwong said Tuesday. “This is the first one we’ve seen up here. There’s no mixed-martial arts discipline in this at all — it’s ‘Can I knock someone out in one shot?’ He allegedly did this a couple times.”

There were a number of attacks leading up to the arrest, beginning on June 18, police say.

When a man was waiting for a bus another man walked up and punched him twice in the face, police said.

Shortly after, the attacker headed south and punched another man at a different bus stop, knocking him unconscious.


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