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Police: Homeless man attack not the "Knockout Game"

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) -

Police have released surveillance photos after an attack on a homeless man inside a Henrico McDonald's.

Police believe two suspects hit him at the restaurant on West Broad Street near Glenside Avenue. Initially, officers said there were similarities to the "Knockout Game," but investigators are now saying this is just a random attack.

Open 24 hours, the McDonald's was a resting place for the homeless man who became the victim of the vicious attack. Leon Medly, who works next door, says he would sometimes buy the 40-year-old man breakfast.

"I would give him something to eat, sit down and talk with him at times," he said. "That guy is a very nice guy."

Police say the homeless man was inside the restaurant when the two young men came in to eat. Officers say the suspects attacked the homeless man before they left.

"They slapped him in the face, and he did sustain some injuries to his face," said Lt. Linda Toney with Henrico Police.

Police say the victim was able to chase after the suspects, but they took off in a dark four-door car.

"We are asking the public to please take a look at these pictures," said Lt. Toney. "We want to make sure that this random act of violence doesn't happen again."

"It saddens me that someone would take advantage of anybody, not just him, but anybody that's helpless like that," said Medly.

Investigators say they do not believe this is a case of the Knockout Game - that's where suspects have been known to punch out an unsuspecting person, often with one person recording it. The victim in this case was not knocked out and officers say the suspects did not record the attack. It's being classified as an assault, but there could be serious charges.

"It could be anything from a simple assault to malicious wounding, depending on what we get from the Commonwealth's Attorney," said Lt. Toney.

Police say the suspects paid with cash and believe they are between 16 and 20 years old.

If you know anything that could help, call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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