Skip to comments.Homeless woman attacked in Sylvan Lake: Memorial Day beating similar to 'knockout game' (Michigan)
Posted on 06/01/2014 4:14:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
SYLVAN LAKE, Mich. - A homeless woman walking along a road in Sylvan Lake was suddenly and brutally attacked after dark on Memorial Day.
Police say the 53-year-old woman was walking in a secluded area near Telegraph Road and James K. Boulevard when two men approached her from behind. She said one man knocked her down and continued beating her while the other man stood by and watched.
Sylvan Lake police Sgt. Eric Zuehlk described the beating.
"He pulled her to her feet with his left hand, beat her repeatedly with his right hand. After the assault, he just dropped her and they continued to walk back up onto Telegraph," Zuehlk said.
The attack was similar to what has come to be called the knockout game, in which an attacker approaches an unsuspecting person and sucker punches them.
Sgt. Zuehlk said this case was different.
"It's very similar to the knockout game that everybody's been hearing about lately, with the exception that this particular attack was multiple punches, it was not one punch," Zuehlk said.
The stunned and injured victim took two days to walk to a hospital. As soon as she got there, staff called police.
Anyone who may have witnessed the attack or has any information that can help police in their investigation is asked call Sgt. Eric Zuelk at the Sylvan Lake Police Department at -248-682-1440 ext. 303
Google shows Sylvan Lake to be 34 minutes from Detroit.
So not too far outside the combat zone of Detroit.
At some point these attacks are going to become just murders.
Haven't some people already died form these attacks?
Two days to walk to the hospital? The good citizens of Detroit couldn’t see something was wrong and help?
Were the perps young Irish boys?
When those targeted by this assault begin to fight back with full force, the ‘hooded ones’ will ask why they are being profiled. Eventually, the tables will turn on the guilty parties. Perhaps one way to fight this trend is to up the reward money for info that leads to a knockout thug being fingered, if not arrested. This is resetting the clock on race relations backwards at least by 50 years.
A few words added for accuracy.
I think so, but not that many in relation to the number of attacks.
The “good citizens of Detroit” is almost an oxymoron.
The DA just accepted a plea bargain of 3rd degree murder and robbery from 3 of the black males involved. They could be sentenced to as little as 6 yrs but may do 20- 40.
Still light for murder. They had the evidence to convict them for 2nd degree which is life no parole.
Probably German since Sylvan Lake is 94.5% white.
Well, your first observation is probably true. The law of diminishing returns will come into play. They will not get as much of a thrill that they did in the past, so the next step, is murder.
From what I have read this “game” started in 1992. In 1995 the rapper, LL Cool J, wrote a song called, “Mama Said Knock You Out.”
Cripple, how come you have a picture of a torn up American flag with your post?
Sylvan Lake is a nice quiet middle class town near the more wealthy areas of Oakland County, but it borders the battle zone called Pontiac. The stretch of Telegraph Road she was walking on was just outside Pontiac city limits.
If I’m not mistaken, Pontiac doesn’t even have a police department any more. It’s not unusual to run into vagrants and hoodlums in and near Pontiac.
That’s not true.
I think what looks like “tatters” are actually stars representing islands in Lake Michigan between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.
Does that sound right, CC?
Interesting. I did not know it went that far back. But then again, I think whites have been getting killed for a long time. Maybe it is just the name it is called, that has only been around for that amount of time.
That song is not about the knockout “game”. Good grief.
“Mama Said Knock You Out” is a number-one hit single by LL Cool J from his album of the same name. The song famously begins with the line “Don’t call it a comeback/I’ve been here for years.” Before “Mama Said Knock You Out” was released, many people felt that LL Cool J’s career was waning; his grandmother, who still believed in his talent, told him to “knock out” all his critics...
LL Cool J said in his autobiography that the idea for the song came from a discussion with his grandmother. He had said to his grandmother that he felt that he couldn’t survive as a rapper now that gangsta rap was popular and he was being dissed by several up-and-coming rappers. She responded, “Oh baby, just knock them out!” At the end of the video, his grandmother says “Todd! Todd! Get upstairs and take out that garbage”.
I never pay attention to rap anyway. To me it is crap, but thanks for researching it. The bottom line is, I think this will get worse before it gets better.
The good citizens of Detroit is almost an oxymoron.
When those targeted by this assault
Got news for you homies, that ain't even near Detroit and in that neck of the woods, it's unlikely even YOU could afford to live there..........
Given the hood and the fact that they were walkin' and not drive-by thuggin', it likely the perps were, wait for it, wait for it....here it comes Mikey, "kids suffering from affluenza".
That's right homies, ain't no Detroit ghetto blacks out der, only rich kids...............
It does seem to be getting worse.
Pontiac ditched some 500 city employees including most police. Police went to the county who cover Pontiac now. Other city services were privatized.
Thanks. I remember it now.
That’s what I have read!
From the Wall Street Journal...
Violent ‘knockout game’ a national phenomenon
An editorial in the St. Louis paper in 2011 likened the game to behavior described in “A Clockwork Orange.”
In 1992, police in Cambridge, Mass., said three drunken teenagers decided to play “knockout” and randomly targeted an MIT student, according to news reports. After the student was knocked to the ground, a 16-year-old stabbed the victim to death as he tried to get up.
The defendant in that case, Shon McHugh, was sentenced as a juvenile to 20 years in prison.
You have remember that songs can have double meanings.
It might just be a co-incidence that the song was written three years after it started.
Sorry, I’m not buying it.
Buy whatever you want.
Thank you so much.
Having stayed there for some years, I can attest to the accuracy of your statement. It’s one of those places that make you or break you.
That’s just evil. A lot of people are going to be entering through the wide gate.
I thought last summer would be when things got out of hand and instead of the knockout “game” being perpetrated on just one or two defenseless people at a time it would become outright riots.
Didn’t happen. Guess they are getting too much free chit to riot.
Do you think Sylvan Lake would be a safe place to relocate then? How sad that Pontiac has become so awful. What about Pontiac Lake? I grew up waterskiing there as a child.
Your assessment of that part of Sylvan Lake is bang on the money. My sister and her boyfriend lived there before relocating to Royal Oak—they are without a doubt the two trashiest people I know personally. Actually her boyfriend very recently relocated from Royal Oak to Jackson Pen, where he’ll be a guest of the state for 19 months to four years. Lovely couple.
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