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UPDATE: Woman compares assault to Knockout game, JC police need help with investigation

February 12th, 2014 10:18 am by Becky Campbell

UPDATE: Woman compares assault to Knockout game, JC police need help with investigation

A Johnson City woman who walked up on the aftermath of a downtown assault early Sunday said the incident was similar to the so-called Knockout game.

Johnson City police released limited details about the assault, but indicated they need the public’s help in finding who is responsible.

Matthew Brookshire, 21, Bristol, Tenn. was found unconscious and bleeding on the sidewalk near the crosswalk on State of Franklin Road between two public parking lots.

A police report indicates there were no eye witnesses, but only people who walked up on the victim. But according to Breeding’s account, there were witnesses to the attack that reportedly involved several black men who assaulted Brookshire then ran off.

“He was waiting to cross the road and the black males, one of them hit him in the head,” said Katelyn Breeding.

She said it was similar to what’s referred to Knockout, which is reportedly when one or more assailants try to knock out an unsuspecting person with a single sucker punch. Police have not confirmed any information about the assault being a result of Knockout.

“I’m not sure if that’s what happened,” Breeding said. “I didn’t actually see it,” but her information was second-hand from eye-witnesses to the attack, she said.

“One of them walked up and hit him in the head and he hit his head on the crosswalk pole and they were hitting and kicking him,” she said.

Breeding and a friend had been out in downtown Johnson City and were walking to their car parked in the Cherry Street lot near the Battery, she said.

“We walked through the breezeway to public parking. There were five or six black males who ran by us talking and yelling about they had been in a fight. They were yelling, ‘We got him, we got him,’ and ‘We beat his ass, we beat his ass,’” Breeding said.

Brookshire is listed in critical condition a the Johnson City Medical Center, according to a Mountain States Health Alliance spokesman.

Police investigators and EMS responded to the scene at 150 West State of Franklin Road around 3 a.m. and found Brookshire on the ground at the crosswalk between the Downtown Square parking lot and the Cherry Street parking lot.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact the Johnson City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 423-434-6166, Crimestoppers at 423-434-6158, or anonymous tips can be submitted by texting 423JCPD and your tip to 847411 (TIP411) or to submit via the internet at www.citizen observer.com.

Police said there is a reward offered for information regarding this case.


Earlier report:

Johnson City police need help tracking down leads in a aggravated assault early Sunday morning that left a Bristol man seriously injured.

According to a police press release on Wednesday, the man — identified through another source as Matthew Brookshire, 21, of Bristol, Tenn. — was found unresponsive and lying on the ground at a crosswalk near State of Franklin Road.

He’s listed in critical condition a the Johnson City Medical Center, according to a Mountain States Health Alliance spokesman.

Police investigators and EMS  responded to the scene at 150 West State of Franklin Road around 3 a.m. and found Brookshire on the ground at the crosswalk between the Downtown Square parking lot and the Cherry Street parking lot.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact the Johnson City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 423-434-6166, Crimestoppers at 423-434-6158, or anonymous tips can be submitted by texting 423JCPD and your tip to 847411 (TIP411) or to submit via the internet at www.citizen observer.com.  

Police said there is a reward offered for information regarding this case.

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