HOUSTON (December 26, 2013) Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, of suburban Houston, who’s accused of hoping to gain national exposure by knocking out an unsuspecting bystander, has been charged with a federal hate crime, prosecutors said Thursday.
On Nov. 24, prosecutors say, Barrett struck a 79-year-old man, breaking the victim’s jaw and hospitalizing him for several days.
They say Barrett, a Katy resident, targeted the victim because he was black.
Barrett is accused of laughing after he knocked the man to the ground and then fled to his vehicle.
Barrett used his cell phone to record the attack and showed it to others.
Prosecutors say by playing the "knockout game" Barrett was hoping his video would be nationally televised.
He was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Thursday.
The offense carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.