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Texas Man Charged With Federal Hate Crime For Knock-Out

Conrad Barrett

Conrad Alvin Barrett

The U.S. Attorney’s office reports that Conrad Alvin Barrett of Katy, TX, is charged with assaulting a 79-year-old African American man in a knockout game-style attack.  Barret, 27, attacked the victim because of his race, allegedly recording himself on his cell phone and showed the video to others.

ABC reports, “Barrett allegedly hit the victim with such force that he immediately fell to the ground. Barrett then laughed and said “knockout,” as he ran to his vehicle and fled, according to allegations. “

The 79-year-old victim reportedly suffered two jaw fractures and was hospitalized for several days as a result of the attack.

If convicted, Barrett faces a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Investigators say Barrett had been working up the “courage” to play the knockout game for about a week.  According to the complaint, Barrett comments in a video that “the plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?”

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