Man claims he was victim of "knockout game"

Man claims he was victim of "knockout game"

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Has the so-called "knockout game" made its way to Austin? One man who was punched back in November says yes.

Right in front of this McDonalds on Oak Hill is where police say a man was assaulted on November 2. With one punch he suffered a broken jaw, his wish is that the suspects be found

In a matter of about two minutes, Jeff Terrell says he went from a healthy guy into a walking zombie.

"They stopped their car and they both got out and they ran over to me and one of them had my attention and the other one that I wasn't looking at had hit me in the mouth as hard as he could," Terrell said.

It was a Saturday afternoon when Terrell was working at McDonalds in Oak Hill and had just gone on break.

The victim says he had just come out the front door, walked a couple steps when he was attacked.

He was knocked unconscious for a few seconds before managing to get back up, which is why he can only remember a few details from that day.

"Two young middle 20s Hispanic men and I think one of them had thin rim glasses," Terrell said.

The recovery process hasn't been easy. It took nearly six weeks before Terrell could undergo surgery. With no insurance, he had to wait for everything to get approved through the medical assistance program.

"It started getting actually gang-green because my bone was dying. So they could have just done it immediately and had internal brackets put in there but since they waited so long I had to have this," Terrell said.

He has two and a half weeks left before his second surgery and then one more after that.

"Not being able to eat is the hardest part...trying to find something that I can suck through a straw is the hardest part," he said.

Besides being in pain, he is also hurting for money. Facing around $4,000 in medical costs at a time when he can't work.

"I just hope that they realize what they had done to me and they make amends some way in their own way," Terrell said.

Although police cannot confirm whether this was in fact part of a knockout game, Terrell says his situation is similar to others which have grabbed national attention.

"They were laughing and kind of high fiving each other as they were walking back to the car," Terrell said.

The suspects are still on the run. If you know anything about this crime, you are urged to call police.

It was also in November when a Katy, Texas man was arrested after allegedly punching a 79-year old black man in a "knockout game" assault.

The victim was hospitalized for more than four days and had surgery to repair his broken jaw.

This situation was slightly different since 27-year-old Conrad Barrett yelled "knockout" before fleeing the scene and recorded everything on his cell phone.

Barrett faces federal hate crime charges. If convicted he could see up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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