Heck wants teens charged as adults in ‘knockout game’ attack

FILE - Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck. (WDTN Photo/Neil Black)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck conducted a news conference Friday morning to discuss charges against three juveniles accused in two ‘knockout game’ assaults.

Heck said he will attempt to try the teens, a 14, 15, and a 17-year-old, as adults.

The 17-year-old faces two felony robbery counts, while the other two face one count.

Heck said these are the first known incidents of this type reported in the Dayton area and his office will take whatever action necessary to make them the last.

“Believe me this is no game and the consequences can be serious and deadly,” said Heck.

The ‘knockout game’, which has been an issue nationwide, amounts to someone sneaking up on another person and trying to knock them unconscious. Prosecutors say the victims in these cases were homeless. The teens allegedly took $3 from one and $7 from another.

If charged as juveniles the minimum sentence is 6 months in the Department of Youth Services.

The adult charge carries a penalty of two to eight years in prison.

We wanted to know if this will prevent the attacks from happening again.

“I would hope that if young people think of doing this cowardly act and this type of violent act, they would think they’re not going to just write an apology or do some kind of public service work, ” Heck says. “They’re going to do time.”

Prosecutors say two of the teens have faced juvenile charges before.

A judge will decide if the teens should be tried as juveniles or adults.

That process could take 6 to 8 weeks.

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