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Mom says she was attacked by stranger at local park

Posted at 11:54 PM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-11 03:27:19-04
A local mother says she was attacked at Faiss park near Fort Apache and Maule.  It happened shortly after 8:30 pm on September 29.
"It still feels like I got hit by a truck," said Angie Johansson.
The mom of two said she was seated at a bench when a teenager approached and asked if she had a cigarette.  
Before Johansson could finish a sentence, she says she was punched in the face.  
"I didn't know where I was when I woke up," she said.
Johansson had been knocked off the park bench.  She said her upper body had landed on a nearby patch of rocks. 
"I got the black eye, I got the bloody nose," she said, "it's hard to breathe, they think I might have broke a rib."
Although Johansson said she passed out, she believes the attack went on for several minutes.
The mom tried to defend herself. 
"I want to know why it happened, if it was a game," she said.
Johansson believes the attack could be part of the so-called "knockout game."  
Disturbing videos posted on YouTube show unsuspecting victims being punched in the face.  The incidents have happened across the country. 
"He didn't take anything," she said.
Unlike other incidents, Johansson said she was hit multiple times.
"I don't think anybody should be able to take that kind of power away from me but they did," she said.
13 Action News is reaching out to police to determine the potential motive behind the attack and if there's been similar attacks in the valley.
We will continue to follow this developing story.