Deadly and savage attack on Syracuse man was part of teen game called 'Knock Out'

Syracuse Police Thursday evening announced the arrest of two city teens ages 13 and 15 in the deadly attack on a man last week.

Michael Daniels, 51, of Syracuse was beaten to death outside the Los Amigos Market near the corner of West Brighton and Cannon Streets last Friday night.

The suspect's names were not revealed because of their age. They are both charged with manslaughter.

The announcement of the arrests came at a news conference held by Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Police Chief Frank Fowler.

Authorities revealed the teens were playing a game that is already a problem in other cities. The goal of the "Knock Out" game is to knock an unsuspecting victim out after targeting them.

Syracuse Police say they are investigating other cases during which young suspects may have been playing the game, although none of those cases are homicides.

"This is a very dangerous game these young people were playing," Chief Frank Fowler said. "So if there are any young people out there who think this is a good idea or a way to get some attention - I say, you are going to be arrested."

Syracuse Police say tips from the public helped them make arrests in the death of Michael Daniels. Mayor Stephanie Miner thanked witnesses and neighbors for their help.

"It was a disturbing act and what we're saying is we're not going to tolerate that kind of behavior and clearly the neighborhood is not going to tolerate it and the community is not going to tolerate it," said Miner.

The 15-year-old was arraigned Friday morning in Syracuse City Court. A mandatory not guilty plea to the manslaughter charged was entered on his behalf.

Attacks have also been a problem in other cities. In St. Louis,a man was sentenced to life in prison for a deadly knockout game attack on a 72 year old Vietnamese immigrant.

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