Earlier this week, a 30-year-old man in Rosenberg, Texas was knocked out, for no apparent reason, by a thug who was standing nearby. Given the details of the incident, law enforcement officials fear that the suspect, a thug, was participating in the notorious “Knockout Game,” which involves trying to “knock out” an unsuspecting victim with a single punch. In fact, he has been wrecking havoc on the city.
In an attempt to catch the person responsible, who was later identified as 18-year-old Alejandro Maldonado, local police video footage of the attack on Facebook, titled “Tough Guy Wanted For Aggravated Assault.”
In the video’s description, they , “Alejandro Maldonado (18) from Rosenberg, Texas is currently wanted by the Rosenberg police department for the alleged offense of Aggravated Assault. If you have information on the whereabouts of Alejandro Maldonado, please contact Detective Mehling…or crime stoppers…Please remember you can remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a reward!”
At the start of the video, the victim, who’s wearing a red hat, gray shirt, and white shorts, can be seen walking along the sidewalk. However, as he reaches into his pocket and pulls out his phone, the suspect, identified as Alejandro Maldonado, an 18-year-old, runs up from behind, reels back, and punches him hard in the back of the head, knocking him unconscious.
Moments after the victim hits the floor, a completely shocked bystander wearing a green shirt runs up to Maldonado, who was wearing a black shirt, and appears to call him out. But instead of apologizing or showing any remorse, Maldonado simply claps his hands together and rejoins his friends. They then manage to flee the scene before officers arrived.
Following the assault, the victim spent several days in the hospital being treated for his injuries. Since leaving, he’s been at home recovering from his injuries.
Unsurprisingly, the senseless attack upset many people, including Lieutenant Chad Pino of the Rosenberg Police Department, who struggled to hide his outrage while speaking with reporters during a recent interview about the incident. “You think it’s a game, your friends might peer pressure you into doing something, and it’s a serious offense, it’s a felony, it’s an aggravated assault,” explained Lt. Pino.
“In this case, he sustained some serious injuries, and it’s not a game. It’s not going to be funny when you’re in prison,” he continued, noting, “[the video of the assault is] horrific to watch. The victim didn’t even have a chance to defend himself.”
Fortunately, it appears like the officer’s tactic worked. Shortly after they published the video of the assault online, Maldonado himself in and was subsequently arrested and charged with “aggravated assault,” a second-degree felony with a sentence of up to 20 years and a possible fine of up to $10,000.
“On Thursday, October 5, 2017, Alejandro Maldonado turned himself in at the Fort Bend County Jail. He was booked in for the Aggravated Assault warrant out of the Rosenberg Police Department. Maldonado’s bond was set at $25,000 dollars,” explained the Rosenberg Police Department in an update on Facebook.
Although Maldonado thankfully survived being punched, not everyone is as lucky. For example, last year, 34-year-old Clint Ali died after being “sucker-punched” by 40-year-old David Digiacomo, who was consequently charged with “murder,” while standing at a jukebox inside Jack’s Bar and Grill in Braselton, Georgia.
Patrick Gorman, a 64-year-old man from Queens, New York, was also killed by a single “sucker-punch” to the head. Specifically, while walking down the street with his girlfriend late at night he was approached by a random stranger, who was later identified as 42-year-old Matthew Smith, and hard in the head. Following the attack, Gorman was brought to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead the next day. Several months after the attack, Smith decided to turn himself into police, who subsequently charged him with “criminally negligent homicide and assault.”
Hopefully, Maldonado is given the maximum punishment for “sucker-punching” an innocent person. Doing so would make it absolutely clear that senseless violence will not be tolerated and likely deter others from in behavior.