Peoria Man Victim of Knockout Attack

The old vaudeville question, “will it play in Peoria?” meant that if a show worked in Peoria, Illinois, it would work across the nation. Now, the situation is reversed: the nationwide “Knockout Game”, in which attackers try to knock an unsuspecting victim unconscious with one punch, is playing in Peoria. Daniel Wilson claims he was walking home from a bus stop, and when he reached Folkers Avenue across from Trewyn middle school, he was punched by two attackers.

Wilson said, “When I got around to the corner all of a sudden I felt two blows to the side of my head. I heard one of them say, “Watch me knock this guy out … I never thought in a million years that grade school students would try to knock me out."

School resource officer Bill Cannon, a youth program officer, identified the attackers. He said, "Those young men will be dealt with. The gentlemen did call the Peoria Police so there will be those consequences. I'm for sending a strong message to all students and that's what an incident like this does--sends a message … The kids might call it a game. It’s not a game, people are going to get hurt.’

Wilson concluded, “It made me feel like I can’t walk in my own neighborhood.”


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