'Knockout game' accusation leads to federal hate crime indictment for Katy man

By Erica Young - News Producer
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Conrad Barrett.

HOUSTON - A Katy man accused of attacking an elderly African-American man as part of the 'knockout game' has been indicted for a federal hate crime.

Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, is accused of attacking the 79-year-old man in November. According to investigators, Barrett hit the man as part of the knockout game, a violent trend happening all over the country.

Attackers in the knockout game choose their victims at random and punch them in the head.

According to court documents, on Nov. 24, Barrett attacked the elderly man because of the man's race and color.

According to the allegations, Barrett recorded himself on his cell phone attacking the man and showed the video to others. The indictment alleges Barrett made several recordings from his cell phone, one in which he identifies himself and another in which he makes a racial slur.

Barrett allegedly hit the man with such force that the man immediately fell to the ground.

He suffered two jaw fractures and was hospitalized for several days as a result of the attack.

Barrett is charged with one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. If convicted, Barrett faces a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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