UPDATE: Man Found Near Tower Grove Park Not Victim of the “Knockout Game”

Kevin Killeen

ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Police have issued their report on the case of a man found battered and unconscious by his bicycle in the Tower Grove Park neighborhood last week, calling it an accident — not the latest example of the knockout game.

“There’s no indication from anything in any of the interviews or any of the investigation that it had to do with a group of people running up and knocking him out,” Isom said, “There’s still some more investigation to do, but he really couldn’t remember anything, because he was intoxicated.”

Last Wednesday about 2 a.m. Pete Kruchowski was found unconscious near Gustine and Arsenal. He had left a local bar a short time earlier. Neighborhood blogs and news reports speculated Kruchowski may have been a victim of the knockout game.

In the same neighborhood last year, another man was randomly attacked by a group of teens who punched him and left him bleeding in the gutter. That incident received extensive coverage, when Mayor Slay happened upon the scene and witnessed the aftermath.

Copyright KMOX

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  1. barney52 says:

    Guess all the KMOX employees that can’t afford St. Louis Hills better head back out to Parkwaywestville where it’s safe……eh Reardon ?

  2. NoneTodayThankYou says:

    Having been both intoxicated and jumped and beaten by a group of attackers before (albeit in U.City) I’ll say it’s very possible he was both under the influence and very badly beaten. Also, from what I’ve heard the man has sustained a few pretty serious head injuries. It’s very likely that he is suffering from post-concussion syndrome, not to mention the fact that he’s probably pretty heavily medicated seeing as he’s still in the hospital. A serious head injury and heavy medication will definitely cause memory loss.

    “There’s no indication from anything in any of the interviews or any of the investigation that it had to do with a group of people running up and knocking him out,”

    Considering there have been no witnesses to whatever happened to this man I’m guessing these interviews were conducted with people he was with Peter that night before the incident that landed him in the hospital, possibly the first responders on the scene who treated him after he was found, and hopefully with the doctors that have been treating him. But Isom didn’t say, so these interviews are all a mystery. With no sources given he might as well have been interviewing my foot, which up until recently been a witness to the inside of my shoe.

    “There’s still some more investigation to do, but he really couldn’t remember anything, because he was intoxicated.”

    Because he was intoxicated, or because he’s heavily medicated and sustained major head injuries? I find that statement to be particularly strange. Considering no-one has yet pieced together any real timeline of what really happened (or maybe just not made it public knowledge yet), I think it might be a bit early to start discounting any theory. I’m not a police officer though, so maybe that’s my problem.

    Both the police and family and friends of Mr. Kruchowski need to take a step back and breathe. Making statements to a media outlet with no corroboration of fact does no service to the community nor to the alleged victim who are worried for the potential of further attacks. Even if proven that this incident was not related to “The Knockout Game” that doesn’t mean that it’s not happening in St. Louis, that’s it’s not a problem, and that the STLPD should just dismiss the community action that’s already happening because of Peter.

    This article is pretty useless – a blurb from Chief Isom to quell fears that people are coming back into the streets this Spring and some of them may have motives to assault others. St. Louis has been a historically violent city, I don’t see this being the year that everyone decides to give each other flowers and motivational speeches rather than continuing a trend of random violence and crime. You can say that this incident is not related to “The Knockout Game” but only corroborative eyewitnesses and evidence will tell the truth until Peter gets his memory back, and even then it would be a lie to say that we’re not all expecting for “The Knockout Game” to rear its ugly head this year.

  3. Urban Safety Solutions says:

    Anybody coming back into the streets to walk and enjoy the beautiful spring weather, better be prepared to protect themselves if attacked. The bad guys will also be out looking for defenseless law abiding citizens to victimize. http://www.urbansafetysolutions.com/

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