Today, 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.
Barry Baldwin was charge with a hefty amount of crimes.
The 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.
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.
On December 7, he allegedly struck again, punching a 20-year-old woman in the back of the head in Brooklyn.
Then between December 21 and December 27, Baldwin allegedly assaulted five more woman.
And this “knockout” assault is apparently a “thing.” At least nine suspected “knockout” attacks have been reported since October in New York, but police have said they see no evidence of a trend. Similar incidents have occurred in New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri and Washington.