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Latest victim heard ‘knockout game’ dare before the punch

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BROOKLYN, New York (PIX11) – Four men were arrested in the early Friday morning attack on  Jewish man in Boro Park, police confirm to PIX11.

Police would not confirm this latest attack was part of the “knock out” trend, but said the Hate Crimes Unit is investigating.

A spokesperson for Assemblyman Dov Hikind said in a statement the 24-year-old man was walking on 18th Avenue near 43rd Street at about 2:30 a.m. when he was assaulted by a gang of four men.

All four men arrested have previous criminal records, the statement said.

“I commend the excellent police work that we saw this morning,” Hikind said. “I am grateful that these four thugs are off the streets and am hopeful that they will treated with severity of the law.”

The NYPD would not confirm that this attack is linked to a string of “knockout” attacks that have been plaguing Brooklyn neighborhoods but a source tells PIX11 the victim overheard the four suspects talking about the disturbing “game” before he was attacked.

A 78-year-old Midwood woman is the latest victim to come forward, saying she was attacked on her way home from a shopping trip.

There have been eight “knock out” attacks in Crown Heights alone, which have led to the NYPD increase patrols in the neighborhood.

Councilman David G. Greenfield, Public Advocate-elect Letitia James and Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in anyone of the attacks in Brooklyn.

“We must make it clear that this twisted nationwide trend will not be tolerated on the streets of New York City and those responsible will be held fully accountable for the serious assaults they are committing for no reason. I will continue to work closely with the NYPD and the District Attorney’s office until it is clear that we have put an end to these outrageous attacks,” Councilman Greenfield said in a statement.

Cops say the Hate Crimes Unit is investigating the latest attack.