Suspects arrested in alleged 'knockout' game attack in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - Charlottesville Police have arrested two men in connection to a reported "knockout game" assault on the Downtown Mall.

The victims snapped photos of their attackers in the Dec. 20th beating.

Charlottesville Police say Malcolm Stevenson, 25, and Richard Spears, 23, turned themselves in.

The police department is under fire for their handling of the case. One of the victims says she and her boyfriend reported being attacked at the Downtown Mall. Ten days later, when she called police to provide new details, she learned no investigator had ever been assigned to the case.

CPD is owning up to the mistake. Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts says the breakdown has a lot to do with the timing of when the officer was working the case.

"The breakdown would've been where we needed the investigators to move into it, because he's working the midnight shift, and a lot of the activity and the communications would've been required during the daytime," Roberts previously said. "So, therefore this morning when the chief arrived this morning the first thing that was taken care of was to reassign the case to two detectives."

The chief has launched an internal review to identify where the breakdown occurred.

The two suspects are due in court on February 5.

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