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Teens Arrested In Knockout Game May Be Tried as Adults
DAYTON -- The Montgomery County Prosecutors Office is asking the court to try three teenagers as adults for playing the "knockout game." We were the first station to speak with Ronald Baird after three teens tried knocking him out. Now that they may be tried as adults, we paid Baird another visit.
"Oh that's me right there, definitely. He's sneaking up, I didn't even know he was coming. I didn't even see that coming. I was like what the heck," said Ronald Baird while watching the full video of his attack for the first time.
Friday we went back to check on him and let him know Montgomery County prosecutors want to charge the teens that did this to him as adults.
"I don't wish jail on anyone," he said. "I just hope folks learn a lesson from how foolish this is. There is nothing to gain from something like this there's no real status in this."
The three teens wanted to use this video to show off to their friends. Now the Montgomery County Prosecutor is using this video to show those same friends how serious this crime is.
"If young people think about doing this kind of cowardly act or violent act, they should think that they're not just going to be handled in such a way that they have to write an apology or do some kind of public service work. They will have to do some time," said Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck, Jr. "The message should be loud and clear that we are not going to tolerate this barbaric conduct in our community and if you do this and you are a juvenile we are going to ask the court to transfer you and try you and treat you like an adult."
After the teens did this to Baird, they also tried to Knockout a homeless man a couple weeks later. Police don't have video of that attack, but that victim filed a police report. Police fear there may be more victims.
"Police have already had concerns that maybe they are not reporting this act," said Heck. "So they are looking to see if there's more incidents like this and if so charges will be added."
As for Baird, he lost $3 in the attack and had to get a few stitches, but he's just happy he wasn't seriously injured.
"I hope they learn a lesson from this," he said. "It's not helping anyone at all especially them and to me it just seems foolish."
The three teens are 14, 15, and 17. They are Charged with robbery, a felony of the second-degree for both attacks. We asked prosecutors if there will be a separation of charges for the videographer and the attacker and Matt Heck said they are both equally at fault. If charged, the boys will face a minimum of one year in jail.
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