Denver Police investigate if downtown attacks are related to ‘knock out game’

Nick Lloyd was attacked in lower downtown Denver New Year's Eve

Nick Lloyd was attacked in lower downtown Denver New Year’s Eve

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DENVER -- Denver's Police chief says his department is looking into whether a series of random attacks in downtown Denver recently may be linked to the so-called "knock out game."

The violent game involves a group of people approaching an unsuspecting stranger. Someone then tries to knock that stranger out with a single blow.

Four people were assaulted in lower downtown during New Year's. Many people are concerned the knock out game has arrived in Denver.

Denver Police Chief Robert White says investigators are working to figure that out. He also says LoDo is safe. "You have people being over-served [alcohol]. You have a tremendous number of people that are leaving at two in the morning, many of them intoxicated. You have individuals who know that who will prey on those individuals."

White says LoDo represents a major challenge for police, with the large crowds leaving bars when they close.

Police are working with business owners to find ways to get people out quickly and safely after last call.

The police department says crime is down significantly in lower downtown compared with 2012. See statistics here.

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