Submitted by ub on Sun, 11/24/2013 - 19:56

NYPD has arrested a man on charges of assault as a hate crime after a 24-year-old says he was punched in the face.

Officials are now investigating whether it was part of a "knockout" assault of an unsuspecting person with one punch. The man says he overheard a group talking about it before he was attacked.

Police say the victim told them he was walking in Brooklyn around 2:45 a.m. Friday when he was struck once. He was not seriously injured.

Amrit Marajh, 28, of Brooklyn has bee arrested, along with three others who were taken into custody and were released.

Investigations are ongoing about similar recent incidents in Washington, DC, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, with two deaths linked to these attacks so far.