OTR 'Knockout Game' assault suspect in custody

Posted at 4:08 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 16:08:41-04

CINCINNATI — The man police say “Knockout” punched a local restaurant owner’s son earlier in March is behind bars Wednesday facing charges.

Last week, Cincinnati police issued an arrest warrant for 31-year-old Chris Kincaid in the March 12 incident. According to Cincinnati Police Lt. Steve Saunders, officers took Kincaid into custody in connection with what has been called a Knockout Game-style attack on Max Diebold, son of Tri-State restaurateur Jon V. Diebold.

Jon Diebold is owner and chef of Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant.

Police records state Max Diebold was punched in the face without warning in broad, morning daylight in front of the Kroger store on Vine St. in Over-the-Rhine. He was hospitalized for four days with a broken nose, multiple facial fractures and a concussion, his father said.

He also underwent hours of surgery.

Saunders said random attacks don’t happen often, but people need to be cautious.

“It all comes down to being mindful of your surroundings,” Saunders said.

Officers took Kincaid into custody Sunday, March 20, where he remained on a $100,000 bond Wednesday. A grand jury report is due for this case on March 30. No trial date has been set, pending the grand jury's report.