ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–It was an attack that left a 51-year old man bloody and beaten, lying in the gutter with a broken jaw, while a group of juveniles walked away just as Mayor Slay’s car pulled upon the scene.
Seven juveniles arrested in connection with the knock out game attack last month near Grand and Utah are facing a January court hearing, but it’s unclear whether any of them will be certified to stand trial as an adult.
“I think at least the one who delivered the knockout blow, they should consider charging that one as an adult,” said Mayor Francis Slay, “because I think what he was doing was attempted murder. He left that man on the street lying in a pool of blood to die.”
The St. Louis Juvenile Court tells KMOX the seven young people charged in this case did not meet the statutory requirements for a mandatory certification review. The Judge could still certify them as adults . That could come up during their January 8th hearing, which is not open to the press or the public.
If convicted, the suspects face a range of possible punishment. They could get community service, be forced to make restitution or spend time locked up in a juvenile rehabilitation program for six months to a year
Police Chief Dan Isom says there have been some seven knockout game attacks that he knows of in the past 15 months. The Chief was asked if the motivation behind the attacks would qualify them to be prosecuted as a “hate crime.”
“I think it’s a stretch to say that this is a hate crime,” Isom said, “We have a variety of different victims in each of these incidents. There’s no indication that it was motivated by race or nationality or ethnic group that a person might be a part of.”
Isom says some of the cases don’t get reported and he recently heard of one case in which the victim was an African American.