01/06/2014

NY man charged in 7 'Knockout Game' assaults

Barry Baldwin, a 37-year-old Brooklyn resident, has been charged with hate crimes for knocking women unconscious in a Jewish neighborhood

By Ray Sanchez
CNN

NEW YORK — A 35-year-old New York man has been charged with hate crimes in connection with seven "knockout" assaults, including attacks on two elderly woman and a mother walking with her daughter, police said Saturday.

Barry Baldwin, a Brooklyn resident, was charged with six counts of assault as a hate crime, six counts of aggravated harassment as a hate crime, and other crimes for a spate of attacks between November 9 and December 27 in predominantly Jewish sections of Brooklyn, police said. On November 9, Baldwin allegedly punched a 78-year-old woman who was pushing a stroller -- apparently as part of the "knockout" assault game, where people try to knock a random stranger unconscious with a single blow. The victim was knocked to the ground.

Baldwin was arrested December 29 by hate crimes detectives canvassing the neighborhoods where the previous attacks occurred, police said. He was charged after witnesses identified him in a police lineup.

Full Story: Barry Baldwin, 'knockout' assaults: New York man charged with hate crimes, attacking Jewish women

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