HOUSTON -

An east Houston man who was attacked and beaten by three men Thursday night believes he was the victim of a vicious game.

Quezada, 35, said that he had gone to the store to get a soda. He saw the three men who were possibly teens watching him and following him.

Soon after emerging from the store, he was tackled and punched for no apparent reason.

"I looked on the internet for what this is, I had never heard of it, they didn't take anything," Quezada said.

He said thinks he may be the victim of the knockout game, which involves attacking unsuspecting victims with the goal of incapacitating them.

The phenomenon is something that rose to prominence last year in several cities across the U.S.

A case outside of Houston November 2013 led to a federal hate crime charge for a Katy man.

Quezada was not seriously injured and sought help at a local barber shop on the 600 block Uvalde Road not far from the East Freeway.

The crime happened Thursday night at about 9 p.m.. Quezada filed a police report but does not have high hopes of the men being caught.

"They were pretty covered up. I just don't want it to happen again," he said.