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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A disturbing and dangerous new trend is spreading across the country where innocent people are getting hurt just walking the streets.

It's called the Knockout Game, where unsuspecting people are attacking for no apparent reason. Police said that the suspects are not robbing the victims, with the most common being the elderly and even women.

One of the more recent attacks happened in Connecticut. Lawrence Hsieh, 35, was walking to the park and ride bus stop on Church Street in New Haven around 5 p.m. Tuesday after leaving his research scientist job at Yale University.

Hsieh said he spotted three men walking in the opposite direction. He said he was blindsided when they crossed paths.

"I did not expect the punch that they threw," Hsieh said.

Hsieh said one blow was all it took. He was momentarily knocked out. When he regained his senses, the suspect, flanked by two accomplices, ran away.

"All I could hear was distant laughter," Hsieh said.

Hsieh, who suffered a fractured and swollen nose, had no idea he was the latest unwilling participant in the game. 

"I fell victim to the game and was one of its statistics," Hsieh said.

Church Street is always busy.

Police are still investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is urged to call New Haven police at 203-946-6304, or the New Haven Police Tips Line at 203-946-2875. All calls will be kept confidential.

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