The 'Knockout Game" has become viral, where people record themselves punching complete and unaware strangers.

Knockout games teens charged

In the first incident on March 1, a 17 year old and a 14 year old have been charged for allegedly beating a homeless man on East Third Street.

According to Dayton Police Detective Mason Curley, the two admitted to police that they had beaten a homeless man on that day but denied taking any video.

The victim, Phillip Droud, 57, was kicked in the ribs and beaten. His assailants took $7 and a cell from Droud.

The second robbery on March 7 involved the same 17 year old and a 15 year old, who allegedly recorded the attack on a cell phone.

In the disturbing video, the older teen is seen following Ronald Baird, 51, a known panhandler who was collecting cans neighbors left from him in an alley near the Stivers School of the Arts on East Fifth Street in Dayton, where the two are students.

In the video obtained exclusively by WHIO and the Dayton Daily news, the teen is seen hitting the man, knocking him to the ground and following him when he runs away. The victim's wallet was stolen.

The 17-year-old male who allegedly struck Baird and the 15-year-old male who assisted in the assault by recording it and verbally encouraging the attack have both been charged with robbery, a second-degree felony. Both were booked into the Montgomery County Juvenile Detention Center on Monday. Officials will pursue trying the teens as adults, Curley said.

Police are trying to locate Baird, who is presumed homeless, to check his condition and get a statement regarding the attack. Anyone who can help officers locate him is asked to call (937) 222-7867.

Police are investigating other reported cases of assaults on the homeless.

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