A North Amityville man has been accused of randomly punching in the head at least seven men, including two senior citizens, in alleged “knockout game” style attacks over the past month.
Darryl Mitchell has pleaded not guilty at Suffolk County court to some assault charges and is expected to be arraigned on added counts Wednesday following a recent grand jury indictment, authorities said.
Prosecutors said the 20-year-old punched each victim, usually in the face, unprovoked in broad daylight and then ran away.
In the first case, Mitchell allegedly ran up to a man and punched him in the right eye, cutting his eyelid so badly the wound required seven stitches to close at while the victim was simply walking down a sidewalk at 3 p.m. Nov. 10.
Then at 1 p.m. Nov. 30, authorities said Mitchell punched a 69-year-old in the head while the victim was looking for a toolbox in the trunk of his car in North Babylon.
Mitchell is accused of separately attacking two other men a half hour apart on Dec. 1 in North Amityville. He first allegedly punched a 66-year-old man in the face at 7:30 a.m., breaking the victim’s glasses.
Prosecutors said Mitchell then punched a second man in the face while the victim was walking to church at 8 a.m., and then kicked the victim in the head when he fell to the ground.
Charges related tom the other three victims will be outlined in the indictment Wednesday.
Victims of the so-called “knockout game” has been reportedly popping up in New York City and nationwide in recent weeks.