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Dangerous Knockout Game Hits Philadelphia Transit

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It's a new nasty trend: random attacks just for fun on people just minding their own business.

This is a very dangerous trend spreading across the Internet and apparently now in Philadelphia where unsuspecting people are punched without warning and for no reason, but for a few laughs.

The videos are disturbing and violent. It's called the Knockout Game unprovoked attacks on strangers for the fun of it.

It happened to a Delaware man riding the Market-Frankford El on a Saturday afternoon last month.

"I was violated. I was on Septa. I was going home going to see my grandson and out of the blue somebody does something like this for kicks. You know it's a violation," the victim told FOX 29 anonymously.

In another video, a guy is holding a cell phone camera then as the train is about to leave a single punch to the face. The three males are gone.

FOX 29 also learned of another attack. 2 weeks later, a 24-year old medical student is walking onto the Erie stop of Broad Street Subway-when she gets punched in the head. SEPTA's top cop says while it may be funny to some. It's a crime to others.

It's just knuckle headedness. It's just bizarre behavior on the part of somebody to intentionally hurt someone? It's unexplainable," SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestle said.

 The videos are similar to another trend called "smack cam." We found countless videos online where people are recorded getting smacked or punched, but in these local cases-the video captured by some of SEPTA's 1200 cameras may turn out to be evidence.

"It's a criminal act. We have cameras all over the SEPTA system. So if you do it on the Septa system we're going to catch you and we're going to prosecute you," Nestle said.

As for this victim, he's hoping these guys get caught. In the meantime, he's keeping his guard up.

"There's nothing macho about this. Catching a man off guard that's not macho that's cowards," the victim told FOX 29.

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