DENVER — The parents of one Denver man think their son was the victim of a dangerous online trend called the “knockout” game.
He suffered five broken bones in his face in a brutal attack in downtown Denver New Year’s Eve.
Denver Police are investigating the case as a part of what detectives are calling pattern assaults in downtown New Year’s Eve.
There were four assaults, all random, in the same area. Denver Police say the victims were knocked out. Robbery was not a motive in any of the assaults.
Nick Lloyd believes he’s lucky that he is still alive, even though he has five fractures in his face. “Broken jaw on both sides, my left ocular socket here is broken, the bone over here by my left temple is broken, and then right here…” he says as he points to the side of his nose.
The young man is on pain medications. He’s scheduled for surgery Friday.
“I’m not going to hide it. I’m mad,” says Skip Lloyd, Nick’s father. “And people need to be aware that this is going on downtown.”
Nick’s jaw will be wired shut for two months following the surgery.
His parents say they’ve seen videos of the violent “Knockout Games” going on across the country and they want to know if that’s what happened.
Nick and his friend were walking along 20th Avenue near Larimer Street in LoDo late New Year’s Eve when a group of young people attacked them. “Just kind of out of nowhere he got hit and I got hit,” Nick says.
His mother wants answers. “We as citizens need to be aware of it and we need to understand what can we do, you know, let’s not just complain about it but what can we do so it doesn’t keep happening,” Laura Lloyd says.
Denver Police are investigating and told the Lloyds they hope surveillance cameras or web postings of video will lead to suspects.
But because Nick was knocked out, he could not give a description of who blind-sided him.
His parents say no one stopped to help Nick, who was driven to the hospital by a friend’s mother.
Nick does have a piece of advice. “If you’re going to go with people go with a bigger group. I honestly feel like if there had been three or four of us even, it wouldn’t have happened.”